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Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize tax vehicle depreciation (?168) and expensing (?179) methods including their requirements and limitations under MACRS and recognize basis, business use, and deduction computations.
  2. Specify the predominate business use rule recognizing the result of less than 50% qualified business use, cite the pros and cons of auto leasing, and determine how to estimate monthly lease payments indicating what factors affect payments so clients may recognize leasing costs and know common leasing terms.
  3. Identify items included under the standard mileage method listing items that may be separately deducted, determine the taxable fringe benefit value of an employer-provided automobile using the general and special valuation methods and specify several qualified nonpersonal use vehicles stating what reporting standards apply.

Course Description

Operating costs for vehicles used in the course of a taxpayer’s business are deductible. Thus, when taxpayers use their vehicles in their businesses or employment, they can deduct that portion of the cost of operating their vehicle. Such costs that can be deducted are property taxes that are paid on their vehicle if deductions are itemized on Schedule A. This mini-course reviews apportionment of personal and business use, the actual cost method, and the standard mileage method, and expensing. Moreover, this presentation informs practitioners about topics such as the benefits and costs of leasing versus owning and working condition fringe benefits.

Compliance Information

Advanced Preparation

None

Field of Study

Taxes

Credits

2 Credits

Published Date

April 14, 2023

Revision Date

March 5, 2024

Course Authors

Danny Santucci

Huntington Beach, CA
Author, Santucci Publishing

Danny earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at Irvine in 1969. He received his Juris Doctorate from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley in 1972, at which time he began practice as a tax attorney in Southern California. His legal career started with the business and litigation firm of Edwards, Edwards, and Ashton. Later he joined the Century City entertainment firm of Bushkin, Gaims, Gaines & Jonas working for many well-known celebrities. In 1980, Danny established the law firm of Santucci, Potter, and Leanders, in Irvine, California. With increasing lecture and writing commitments, Danny went into sole practice in 1995. His practice emphasizes business taxation, real estate law, and estate planning.

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Overview

Operating costs for vehicles used in the course of a taxpayer’s business are deductible. Thus, when taxpayers use their vehicles in their businesses or employment, they can deduct that portion of the cost of operating their vehicle. Such costs that can be deducted are property taxes that are paid on their vehicle if deductions are itemized on Schedule A. This mini-course reviews apportionment of personal and business use, the actual cost method, and the standard mileage method, and expensing. Moreover, this presentation informs practitioners about topics such as the benefits and costs of leasing versus owning and working condition fringe benefits.

Course Details

  1. Recognize tax vehicle depreciation (?168) and expensing (?179) methods including their requirements and limitations under MACRS and recognize basis, business use, and deduction computations.
  2. Specify the predominate business use rule recognizing the result of less than 50% qualified business use, cite the pros and cons of auto leasing, and determine how to estimate monthly lease payments indicating what factors affect payments so clients may recognize leasing costs and know common leasing terms.
  3. Identify items included under the standard mileage method listing items that may be separately deducted, determine the taxable fringe benefit value of an employer-provided automobile using the general and special valuation methods and specify several qualified nonpersonal use vehicles stating what reporting standards apply.

Intended Audience

Advanced Preparation — None

Field of Study — Taxes

Credits — 2 Credits

IRS Program Number

Published Date – April 14, 2023

Revision Date – March 5, 2024

Course Authors

Danny Santucci

Huntington Beach, CA
Author, Santucci Publishing

Danny earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at Irvine in 1969. He received his Juris Doctorate from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley in 1972, at which time he began practice as a tax attorney in Southern California. His legal career started with the business and litigation firm of Edwards, Edwards, and Ashton. Later he joined the Century City entertainment firm of Bushkin, Gaims, Gaines & Jonas working for many well-known celebrities. In 1980, Danny established the law firm of Santucci, Potter, and Leanders, in Irvine, California. With increasing lecture and writing commitments, Danny went into sole practice in 1995. His practice emphasizes business taxation, real estate law, and estate planning.

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