Know These Four Magic Business Mileage Rules

When you know the rules related to business mileage, you protect yourself in the event of an IRS audit, and pay less tax.   Take Henry, for example. Before he knew the mileage rules, he deducted 30 percent of his SUV’s cost. Once he learned the rules, he deducted...

IRS Audit Issue: SUV Built on Car Chassis

Here’s a vehicle story that you will find of interest. Taxpayer DJ is in an IRS audit of his 2018 tax return. It is now at the IRS appeals level.   Example The vehicle in question is an SUV with a curb weight of 5,700 pounds and a gross vehicle weight of 6,100...

Don’t Let Section 179 Recapture Hurt You

Okay, so you took the big Section 179 expensing deduction on your vehicle. How do you keep it? You might wonder: What do we mean by “keep it”? In tax law, there’s no free lunch. The Section 179 deduction comes with “recapture strings” attached. When you claim your...

Trade-In on a New SUV—Reimbursement by Corporation

When it comes to vehicles, there’s much to think about. For example, the rules on vehicle trade-ins have totally changed. TCJA made the trade-in of your vehicle on a replacement vehicle a taxable event.   Example To illustrate, let me tell you about a trade-in...

The Importance of Keeping a Mileage Log

What is the unpardonable sin in an IRS audit?  Suppose you just received a letter from the IRS telling you that you are the subject of an IRS audit. What one record receives special attention? What one record can create a nightmare for you? What one record makes the...