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H.R. 4786: Race Horse Cost Recovery Act of 2019

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Should people with enough disposable income to buy race horses have a custom benefit in the federal tax code?


Depreciation allows expensive purchases to be spread out over time for tax purposes. That prevents costly items, such as equipment or machinery, from being taxed in full immediately, when they’ve barely been able to contribute to an individual’s or business’s revenue.

The most expensive race horses can cost tens of millions of dollars. So in 2008, as a provision in the larger “farm bill,” race horses were ...

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Garland “Andy” Barr

Sponsor. Representative for Kentucky's 6th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Oct 22, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Oct 22, 2019

Introduced on Oct 22, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on October 22, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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Oct 22, 2019

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