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Accelerate Your Refund: 7 Tax Breaks for Smart Car Owners

Owning a car can be a significant expense, from monthly payments and insurance to maintenance and fuel costs. However, there’s a silver lining for car owners when tax season rolls around. Many tax deductions and credits are available to help reduce the financial burden of car ownership. To make sure you’re not leaving money on the table, here are seven tax deductions every car owner should be aware of.

Standard Mileage Deduction

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If you use your vehicle for business purposes, you may be eligible for the standard mileage deduction. For the tax year 2023, the IRS allows you to deduct 58.5 cents per mile for business use. Keep a detailed mileage log to substantiate your claims.

Interest on Car Loans

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The interest paid on your car loan may be tax-deductible if you use your vehicle for business purposes. This deduction applies whether you own the car personally or through a business entity. However, personal use of the vehicle may limit the amount you can deduct.

State and Local Sales Tax

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If you itemize deductions on your federal tax return, you can deduct the state and local sales tax paid on your vehicle purchase. This can be a significant deduction, especially in states with high sales tax rates.

Charitable Use Deductions

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If you use your vehicle for charitable activities, such as volunteering at a nonprofit organization, you can deduct the costs associated with the use of your car, like gas and mileage. Be sure to keep accurate records to substantiate your deductions.

Moving Expenses

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If you’ve relocated for work and meet certain criteria, you can deduct moving expenses, including transportation costs. While this deduction has become more restrictive in recent years, it’s still worth exploring if you’ve made a job-related move.

Depreciation

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If you use your vehicle for business purposes, you can claim depreciation as a deduction. The IRS offers various methods for calculating depreciation, so consult a tax professional to determine the best approach for your situation.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Tax Credits

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For those who’ve embraced eco-friendly transportation, owning an electric vehicle (EV) can come with significant tax benefits. Depending on your EV’s battery capacity and manufacturer, you may qualify for federal tax credits of up to $7,500.

Author: Madison Cates

Title: Managing Editor

Bio:

Research journalist, Freelance writer, Managing editor

  • Expertise: automotive content, trending topics.
  • Education: LeTourneau University, Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.
  • Over 400 articles and short news pieces published across the web.

Experience: Madison Cates is a journalist located in the great state of Texas. She began writing over eight years ago. Her first major research piece was published by the Journal of Business and Economics in 2018. After growing up in a household of eight brothers and a dad who was always restoring old Camaros, she naturally pivoted her freelance career into the automotive industry. There, she found her passion. Her experience paved the way for her to work with multiple large corporations in automotive news and trending topics. Now, she now finds her home at Wealth of Geeks where she proudly serves as Managing Editor of Autos. Madison is always down to geek out over the latest beautiful cars on the market, and she enjoys providing her readers with tips to make car ownership easier and more enjoyable.

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