Claiming Vehicle Tax Deductions

By: Adamheist

Your vehicle could be your source of getting sizable tax deductions if you know how to go about it. According to tax laws, all vehicles that are classified as clean fuel vehicles, i.e. those which run on gas or electric motors are claimable for tax deductions. With gas powered vehicles, you can get a deduction of up to $2,000, while with electric vehicles you can get a one time tax deduction of $4,000.

However, there are some qualifying factors that you need to take care of. The gas that powers your vehicle must be either natural gas, LNG, LPG, hydrogen or some other fuel that contains less than 85% of alcohol content. Some gas powered vehicles may use electric motors also; but they will not be claimable for electric vehicle deduction in addition to the gas powered vehicle deduction. You can get only one kind of deduction on one vehicle. Then there are other obvious factors like the vehicle must be firsthand and must be driven primarily in the US. It should be a four-wheeled vehicle. It should be put to personal use and not for commercial uses. These conditions apply for three years of the claiming of tax. If within this period some of these qualifying factors change, there will be a reduction in the tax deduction that was given earlier.

Taxes can be claimed however if your vehicle runs on dual fuel. The costs that you incur to upgrade from vehicle to a clean fuel vehicle can be shown in the deductions. However, limits do apply on this kind of upgrade.

One more method of getting tax deductions from your vehicle is to donate it to charity. If you have driven the vehicle for a couple of years and now want to discard it, then you can donate it to charity to get deductions. The current market price of the vehicle is taken into account when the car is donated. So, the price for which the vehicle would have been sold in the market is the price which you can put up for deduction. But donating your vehicle to charity is not all that simple. You will need to keep track of how that charity uses the vehicle and whether it is a recognizable charity or not.

It happens many times that the charity sells off the vehicles that are donated to them to raise funds. If this happens, and the vehicle is sold at a price lower than the price you stated, then the lower price would be applicable for the tax deduction. But if the charity has used the vehicle for sometime before selling it, then you need not worry, because depreciation would be taken into account.

Hence, there are many ways of recovering money from your car even after it has given you good service. The only thing is you must be careful enough to claim all the deductions that apply.

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