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February 2009

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Applying the Luxury Vehicle Limits

What is my maximum 2008 write-off on the purchase of a new $14,000 car that I used 94 percent for business during 2008? (P.T., Stevens Point, Wisc.)


For 2008, the first-year limit on the aggregate of your Section 179 deduction, special depreciation allowance, and depreciation deduction for new cars was $10,960 ($11,160 for trucks and vans).


Your personal limit on that new 2008 car is $10,302 (94 percent times $10,960).


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