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J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2014: For Preparing Your 2013 Tax Return by J. K. Lasser

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Chapter 43

Deducting Car and Truck Expenses

The costs of buying and operating a car, truck, or van for business are deductible under rules hedged with restrictions. Depreciation deductions for most cars, trucks, and vans are subject to annual ceilings. For new cars placed in service in 2013 that are used over 50% for business, the first-year depreciation limit is $11,160, the regular $3,160 limit plus a bonus allowance of $8,000 (43.4). For most new light trucks and vans, the 2013 limit is $11,360 if the $8,000 bonus is allowed or $3,360 if it is not (43.4). The limits are reduced for personal use. If a vehicle placed in service in 2013 is used 50% or less for business, depreciation must be based on the straight-line method and the maximum deduction is reduced by personal use (43.4).

To avoid accounting for actual vehicle expenses and depreciation, you may claim an IRS mileage allowance. The allowance is 56.5¢ ...

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