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February 2019

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Section 179 Deduction: When Your Vehicle Lease Is Not a Lease

What’s truly ugly?


A tax surprise!


Arthur E. Boyce claimed a $28,749 Section 179 deduction for the cost of his new truck.


In walked the IRS, and it denied the Section 179 deduction because it believed that Boyce leased the truck from Dan Wiebold Ford Inc.


Boyce disagreed and took his case to court. The court ruled for the IRS, declaring that the arrangement with Dan Wiebold Ford Inc. was a lease and not a purchase of the truck.1


Good-bye, $28,749 tax deduction.


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