Avoid a Costly System Failure and Get a Tax Break!

Why You Should Upgrade Your System Today

Like all technology, as your phone system ages the chance of system failure slowly increases. Of course, environmental factors, such as keeping your server room too hot or neglecting to dust your server area, can expedite your system’s aging process.


Specifically, servers that were in installed five years ago or more are susceptible to failure. The telephony boards in many of these older servers are being retired, making the boards and their replacement parts no longer available. So, if these boards fail for any reason, you may not be able to replace or repair them in a timely manner – or worse, at all.

Avoid costly downtime for your business by taking a proactive approach. Contact Alternate Access to discuss the several migration paths we have developed to help avoid this situation – including switching to VoIP.

By updating your communication system with the newest VoIP technology and applications, you can:

  • Lower your total cost of ownership
  • Increase utilization of system features
  • Enhance management control
  • Improve the long-term stability of your system

To further sweeten the deal, you may be eligible for a tax deduction if you upgrade your outdated system before the end of 2009. In February "The American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009" was signed into law, extending the $250,000 Section 179 limit that was in place for tax year 2008 to tax year 2009.

The Act retroactively extends the 50 percent bonus depreciation that was in place for tax year 2008 for qualifying property purchased in 2009, which means you may be eligible to immediately write-off 50 percent of the cost of your new system, rather than depreciating it over several years.

Similar to 2008, if total equipment purchases exceed $800,000 then the Section 179 would not apply. There is no minimum purchase limit, but eligible equipment must be purchased and installed by Dec. 31, 2009.

Of course, you will want to consult with your tax advisor about the deductibility of any equipment purchase.

If you are unsure of the age of your phone system, give Alternate Access a call at 919-831-1860. We are happy to look up that information and set up a time to evaluate your requirements, as well as help determine your best course of action and time frame. If you have a TeleVantage Support contract, your contract includes one hour per month of consultation, which would cover initial system review. For customers on Time & Materials a consultation fee will be charged.