You might be eligible to write off the cost of operating a car or other vehicle on your taxes if you use it for work. For calculating deductible automobile expenses, businesses can typically choose between two methods:

  • The standard rate for miles
  • Expenses for the car

The normal mileage rates for 2019 are as follows, which can be used to determine the costs that are tax-deductible while driving for work, charity, or moving:

  • Driving for business costs 58 cents per mile.
  • For medical or moving-related travel, 20 cents per mile
  • In order to support charitable organizations, I pay 14 cents each mile.

Obviously, you are always free to determine the true cost of using your employee’s car for work purposes instead of going with the usual mileage rate to determine how much your employee is spending on car costs.

The decision of whether to file for tax relief is only one of many that need to be made when planning taxes. For any tax planning questions you may have, don’t hesitate to contact a certified Southwest Florida accounting services specialist.

You can learn more about the distinctions between the two approaches to calculating deductible car expenditures by reading the information below:

  • You must decide to utilize the regular mileage rate in the first year you use the car if you wish to use it for a car you own. Then, in subsequent years, you have the option of using either actual expenses or the regular mileage rate.
  • For a car you are leasing, you must adhere to the usual mileage rate for the duration of the lease.
  • It is your responsibility to decide by the return due date, including any extensions, whether you will use the regular mileage rate on the return. In the event of a change in the choice, it cannot be changed.
  • Depending on whether you are eligible to use both techniques, you could choose to calculate your deduction both ways to find out which resulted in a greater deduction and make that decision.

Here are a few instances of genuine automotive expenses that you can write off for your company:

  • A license
  •  Gas
  • Oil
  • Tolls
  • Insurance
  • Fixes
  • Limitations and modifications may be made for depreciation.

A comprehensive list of real expenses is provided, together with instructions on how to compute them, in IRS Publication 463, Travel, Gift, and Car Expenses.