Don’t Forget about these 2012 Capital Equipment Tax Incentives

Section 179 and Bonus Depreciation tax breaksThere’s good news and bad news about capital equipment tax incentives and deductions in 2012. First, the bad news really isn’t all that bad, and there’s still plenty of good news under what’s called Section 179 Expensing and Bonus Depreciation.

Add in all the great promotions and rebates available through LexJet, including the iPad Mini Giveaway Countdown that expires on Dec. 14 or while iPad Mini supplies last, and you can make major improvements to your production workflow and cash flow.

This year, the Section 179 Deduction limit is up to $139,000. Last year, the limit was up to a whopping $500,000. Still, this year’s limit is a decent amount for deducting the cost of printers, laminators and other capital equipment, and most is likely below the limit for the majority of print shops’ capital equipment investments.

Under Section 179, business owners who purchase capital equipment for use in their business may be able to deduct the total cost of the equipment in a single tax year rather than depreciating it over a number of years. For instance, assuming a 34% tax rate, if you were to purchase a $30,000 printer, the tax savings on the Section 179 deduction would be $10,200. The cost of the equipment, net of tax savings is $19,800.

Under Bonus Depreciation, this year’s provision allows for an additional first-year depreciation deduction for capital investments placed in service during 2012 equal to 50 percent of the adjusted basis of the qualified property (last year it was 100 percent).

Once again, anything is better than nothing and these provisions are sure to help with your 2012 taxes and bring down your cost of ownership relating to capital equipment. Be sure to consult your tax advisor to determine which of these tax-planning tips can provide the best benefit for you and your business. For more information, FAQs and to calculate Section 179 deductions, go to

X-Rite Announces October Color Management and Photo Webinars

X-Rite Photo Marketing announces its schedule of October 2012 Webinars designed to address specific color management topics for both professional and serious amateur photographers. Note that there is only one left in October. However, X-Rite archives its webinars (see the end of this post). Webinar attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions to the live trainers…

Portrait photography editing with PhotoshopThursday, Oct. 18, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET
Enhancements for Creating Beautiful Portraits with Photoshop CS6: Photographer and educator Joe Brady will guide attendees step-by-step through techniques that will add shape, beauty and polish to portrait photographs using Photoshop CS6. From simple blemish retouching, to skin smoothing techniques, to amazing eye enhancements, learn how to add drama and shape to create portraits clients will love.

To register for this webinar at 11 a.m., visit:

To register for this webinar at 1 p.m., visit:

For more information on all X-Rite Photo webinars visit the Webinar page found under the Learning section on All webinars are also archived for online viewing any time.

Epson Reveals New Lower Pricing for the Stylus Pro 4900

Epson wide format inkjet printer on saleIt’s hard to believe we’re nearing the end of 2012, but of course we say the same thing every year. As we get closer to the end, keep an eye out for great inkjet printer deals that tend to materialize.

Case in point is Epson’s announcement this week that it lowered the price of the Stylus Pro 4900 models by $200. Now you can get the Stylus Pro 4900 Designer Edition for $2,295 and the Stylus Pro 4900 w/ UltraChrome HDR Ink for $1,795 at LexJet.

The Designer Edition is more expensive because it includes the EFI eXpress for Epson, which is a RIP (Raster Image Processor) software that helps make production more efficient, especially for proofing and configuring photos for print production.

Both printers feature Epson’s precision MicroPiezo TFP printhead and UltraChrome HDR Ink to ensure the best possible color and tonal match between monitor and print.

For more information, and to find the right printer for your applications, contact a LexJet customer specialist at 800-453-9538.

Combine Rebates on the Canon iPF8300 and Save up to $2,300

Rebates on Canon wide format inkjet printers

On the fence about buying a new Canon iPF8300 44″-wide inkjet printer? Well hop on down. Canon just announced an additional $500 instant rebate when you purchase one between now and Sept. 30.

Then, you can stack ’em and pack ’em with Canon’s other rebate programs, including the Cash Back with Large Format Printer Purchase program ($1,000 mail-in rebate) and the current trade-in rebates ($880 when you trade in a 36″ or wider eligible printer).

The iPF8300 features a 12-color LUCIA pigment ink system to maximize color gamut and enable the coverage of more than 90 percent of PANTONE colors, a Print Plug-in for Photoshop, a Media Configuration Tool and more.

“The printer is so easy to use and it comes out exactly as I designed it straight out of the printer,” says Stacey Granger, owner of Life Art Imaging in Philadelphia, who adds that the printer has paid for itself since she got it only a couple of months ago.

To find out how low you can go on the purchase of a new Canon iPF8300, and for more information about all of Canon’s rebates, contact a LexJet customer specialist at 800-453-9538.

New HP Designjet Z6200 Printer and Ink Value Bundle Starts August 1

HP inkjet printer promotionHP announced its new HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer and HP ink bundle promotion, which officially starts on Wednesday, Aug. 1 and runs through Sept. 30: trade in an eligible old large-format printer (see list below) and purchase a full set of inks for a new Z6200 printer and you’ll get $3,500 cash back for the 60-inch Z6200 and $2,250 cash back for the 42-inch Z6200.

If you’re not trading in an old printer you can still get cash back when you purchase a full set of ink with a new Z6200: $1,500 cash back for the 42-inch Z6200 and $2,000 cash back for the 60-inch Z6200.

Large-format printers eligible for trade-in include…

  • HP Designjet 2000cp/2500cp series printer
  • HP Designjet 3000cp/3500cp series printer
  • HP Designjet 4000/4500 series printer
  • HP Designjet 4020/4520 series printer
  • HP Designjet 4520MFP series printer
  • HP Designjet 5000/5500 series printer
  • HP Designjet Z6100 Photo series printer
  • Any Canon, ENCAD, Epson, KIP, OCE or Xerox 36-inch or larger graphics or LED printer

When you upgrade to the HP Designjet Z6200 Photo Printer series you’ll see dramatic improvements in print speeds and image quality, as well as features like multiple loading options and remote printer monitoring.

For more information and to take advantage of the Value Bundle, which starts on Aug. 1, contact a LexJet customer specialist at 800-453-9538.

LexJet Expands Avenues for Government Agencies to Procure Inkjet Plotter Products

Public sector agencies and government authorized contractors that use wide format inkjet plotters, supplies and media can now access LexJet products through GSA Schedule 70 and Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) Government Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs).

LexJet, a small business based in Sarasota, Fla., can be accessed directly through GSA Schedule 70 contract number GS-35F-0129Y. LexJet can also be accessed on GSA Schedule 70 through Triad Technology Partners, a woman-owned small business, at contract number GS-35F-0298W.

Wide format inkjet plotter products for government, public sector agencies and government contractors
Rohmann Services Inc., a contractor at the U.S. Air Force Academy, produced this shield for one of the Academy's squadrons on Photo Tex from LexJet. Photo courtesy Lt. Col. James Cunningham

For users of SEWP, LexJet supplies and consumables are available on Four Point Technology’s SEWP IV Contract NNG07DA16B. Four Points Technology is a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).

“First and foremost, I couldn’t be happier with LexJet’s customer service. Our account specialist, Patrick Callaway, is the bomb, and if he’s not available there’s always someone right on the spot to help us out,” says Mark Watkins, Graphic Lead at Rohmann Services Inc., a contractor at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. “LexJet goes above and beyond, researching products, printers and inks, even if they’re not related to what we’re going to order from LexJet; it’s like having our own technical expert.”

Public sector agencies can also procure LexJet products with GSA pricing by calling LexJet directly at 800-453-9538 or by visiting the website at LexJet has been serving both private and public sector organizations since 1994 as one of the trailblazers in the wide format inkjet printing market.

“We’re working on providing public sector agencies with as many options as possible so they can choose the procurement method that works best for them,” says Jason Metnick, LexJet vice president. “Our goal is to provide government agencies with the best customer service experience they’ve ever had and to make everything they do related to printing as easy and hassle-free as possible.”

In order to meet the goals stated by Metnick, LexJet has developed a nationwide network of distribution centers, backed by a state-of-the-art logistics system, to make shipping quick and painless. Moreover, each public agency account is supported by a personally-assigned account specialist who provides free and unlimited product and technical support.

LexJet carries an extensive line of wide format printers and inks from Canon, Epson and HP, as well as its own line of inkjet media developed for almost every application imaginable, including posters, signs, banners, exhibits, maps, official photo prints, wallcoverings, window graphics, backlits, laser printer applications, and more.

Government agencies looking for sustainable alternatives can take part in LexJet’s inkjet cartridge and banner recycling programs and choose from a wide range of recyclable materials and papers made from wood products grown in sustainable forests.

For more information about LexJet programs, products and services for public sector agencies, GSA Schedule 70 and SEWP GWACs, or if you just need help, email, go to, or call a LexJet account specialist at 800-453-9538. And, to find out what others are saying about LexJet, its customer service and products, go to