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My income is made up of rental income and social security benefits and I deduct vehicle expenses for each rental property. I currently lease and get a big vehicle expense right off. If I buy something used instead, to save a couple hundred dollars a month, will I lose that savings in the vehicle expense right off at the end of the year because it isn't a lease?
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Financial Professional: Lane, JD, CFP, MBA, CRPS replied 4 months ago
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Lane, JD, CFP, MBA, CRPS
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Hi. My name’s Lane …

I hold a law degree (J.D.), with concentration in Tax Law, Estate law & Corporate law, an MBA in finance, a BBA, and CFP & CRPS (Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist) designations, as well - I’ve been providing financial, Social Security/Medicare, estate, corporate, non-profit, and tax advice, to clients on three continents, since 1986.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
You almost beat my stepfather's brother with number of initials after your name but he had a PhD also and minus the CRPS. Thanks for your time.
Financial Professional: Lane, JD, CFP, MBA, CRPS replied 4 months ago

When we deduct business use of auto's we either take the mileage deduction or the actual cost.

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If we own the car and use the actual cost method, (rather than mileage which is just a big average that replaces the actual costs) then we depreciate instead of lease (and then take all the rest of the vehicle expenses such as oil & gas, repair and maintenance, etc., as well).

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And there's something called the lease inclusion amount (likely figured automatically with your turbotax, H&R Block software, etc) that keeps the lease from being more than what the depreciation would have been.

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So you shouldn't see a lot of difference.

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AND, of course, there's now the Section 179 deduction that lets us accelerate the depreciation all into the first year (within limits) 11,600 for cars and trucks, 25,000 for SUV's - you then depreciate the rest regular way in the following years

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(Of course spending less money means a little lower write off) - just as the lease cost would be less (generating a lower write off) if you leased a less expensive car

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Understood. But turbo tax did not ask me for my lease payment. It only asked if I owned or lease, the number of miles used for business / personal, and if I was using the standard mileage rate which I said yes.
Financial Professional: Lane, JD, CFP, MBA, CRPS replied 4 months ago

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That’s the only way JustAnswer.com will credit me for the work.

But again, let me know if you need more here,

Lane

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