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June 2014

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Three Often Overlooked Tax Deductions When You Lease a Vehicle

Leasing a business vehicle appears straightforward.


It often is, but...


You may need some tax knowledge to ensure your rightful tax deductions.


As we explain in more detail below, you get deductions for three types of expenses for your leased vehicle:



Advance payments (You likely think of these as down-payments. The law calls them rents-paid-in-advance.)


Lease payments


Operating expenses


Overview Flowchart of Down Payment



Business Use Only


This is simply a reminder. You can deduct expenses only for the business use of the vehicle (as opposed to personal use). To do this, you multiply total expenses by your percentage of business use. For more on finding this percentage, see What Is the Unpardonable Sin in an IRS Audit?




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