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Write off a vehicle for business in 2024

If you’re a W-2 employee who drives a fancy car to your job and are looking to use that mileage as a tax deduction, I’m afraid there's some bad news. But if you're self-employed, you get to come out on top in this situation. After the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, W-2 employees can no longer claim tax deductions on their vehicle usage. But the IRS allows self-employed individuals to write off the business portion of your car expenses when you file your Form 1040. The vehicle tax write-off comes in many forms. You can deduct your mileage and certain vehicle-related expenses and even depreciate your vehicle over time. A car and mileage tax calculator is the best way to find these deductions.
Key takeaways:
  • Self-employed individuals can write off the business use of their vehicle
  • Vehicle mileage, vehicle maintenance expenses and the vehicle depreciation deduction can also be claimed by 1099 employees when filing taxes

Table of contents

How to write off a car as a business expense?...Read more

I lease my vehicle, can I still write it off?...Read more

Can every type of business write off a vehicle?...Read more

How to write off a car as a business expense?

The main thing to remember when writing off vehicle expenses is to keep good records. The IRS needs a detailed log of all your expenses if you are trying to write off a vehicle. This is especially important if you’re calculating the business use percentage of your vehicle as you need to clearly show exactly how many hours you used the vehicle for work. The business use percentage is generally calculated when you use your vehicle for both personal and work reasons. If you’re a Lyft driver only working weekdays, your business use percentage will be based on the 5 days you work for Lyft. The rest of the time you use your car will be considered personal usage. You can use either the standard or actual mileage method to claim your vehicle mileage tax deduction. The standard method allows you to write off the business mileage of your vehicle based on the IRS set rate. For 2023, it was $0.66 cents per mile. For 2023, the rate was increased to 65.5 cents per mile to account for inflation and the cost of living crisis. This method is great for self-employed individuals who mostly drive for work like rideshare drivers. This is also a good option for electric car owners, as they do not incur any gas expenses. And you can still deduct parking, tolls and any fees you pay at the DMV if you claim this deduction. To make things easier, you can use a quarterly tax calculator to calculate whether you owe the IRS over $1,000 and need to pay estimated quarterly taxes. If a tax deadline has passed, use a tax penalty calculator to total your penalties.
Image displaying the standard mileage deduction rates for 2022 and 2023, with rates varying from $0.585 to $0.655. Relevant for tax purposes and those who use their vehicle for work.
You can opt for the actual expenses mileage method if you incur a lot of vehicle repair or maintenance costs. For this method, you’ll have to track your mileage very closely and keep all your vehicle-related expenses in order because you can claim those as a deduction, too. If you just link your expenses to FlyFin, A.I. can take care of all of that for you by scanning your transactions to find all the vehicle-related tax deductions you can claim year round. If you want help preparing and filing your returns, the CPAs who are experts in 1099 taxes can do it for you. They are also available 24/7 on the app to answer any questions. With the actual expenses method, you can deduct license and registration fees, gas, insurance fees, and maintenance and repair costs. However, you’ll need to calculate your business use percentage for this method, which can be quite time-consuming. After finding your business mileage, you’ll need to convert it into a percentage and multiply that by the total of your vehicle expenses.
A guide on using the Actual Expenses Method for calculating business use percentage of vehicle-related expenses for self-employed individuals to report on Schedule C for taxes.
You can write off the business portion of your vehicle even if you’re not a rideshare driver. Any client meeting, errands, or photoshoots you use for a car can be written off. This applies even if you work from home. Just remember that the first and last trips of the day to and from your home can’t be claimed, as they are “commuting miles”.

I lease my vehicle, can I still write it off?

You absolutely can! If you lease your vehicle and still use it for work, you can write off the mileage and other expenses depending on the deduction method you choose. You can even write off your lease payments from your self-employment taxes if you choose to go with the actual mileage method.

Can every type of business write off a vehicle?

If you're operating as a sole proprietor, you can choose either the standard mileage or actual expenses method to claim the business use of your vehicle, regardless of whether you own or lease the vehicle. But if you choose the actual expenses method in the first year of using your leased vehicle for business, you can’t switch to the standard method in the next year. If you’re part of an S corporation or a C corporation, the deduction will depend on who owns the vehicle in question. If it is owned by the corporation, the business use portion can be deducted as part of operating expenses. This rule is only applicable if the personal use of the vehicle is borne by the employee, like in the instance of getting a company car as a benefit. If the vehicle is owned by the employee, they can submit a request for reimbursement of their travel expenses. If you’re part of an LLC, you can write your entire car’s cost as a business expense using Section 179. The IRS lets businesses claim a 100% deduction if they use their vehicle solely for business purposes. You can use an LLC tax calculator to help you with this. If you’re self-employed, there are certain benefits to using your vehicle for your business. Just make sure that you track all your expenses and mileage throughout the year so that you have all the information you need when you sit down to file your returns.

Depreciation Tax Deduction

The depreciation tax deduction can be claimed for any asset that is used for business. There are three methods to calculate this deduction.

Education Expenses Tax Deductible

Education expenses are tax-deductible for self-employed individuals as long as they are related to their current job. Report the deductions on Schedule C.

Internet Bill Tax Deduction

For many who work from home, the internet is necessary for doing business. For some people, their internet bill counts as a tax write-off.

Write Off Your Car Payments

There are many tax deductions you can take related to your car, if you use it for work, but unfortunately your car loan payment isn't one of them.

Home Office Deduction

How the home office deduction saves self-employed individuals and freelancers on their taxes.

Home Improvement Deduction

What qualifies as a home improvement tax deduction and how homeowners who are self-employed or freelancers can benefit most.

Travel Expense Deduction

If you travel for work as a freelancer, there are a number of travel expenses you can claim as tax deductions in 2024 – find the details here.

Food and Entertainment Deduction

For 2024, you can deduct 50% of the cost of business meals as tax deductible – but not every meal can be deducted. This is relevant to self-employed people.

Car depreciation tax

Here's how to take advantage of depreciation, one of the biggest tax deductions people who use their car for work can take.

Car tax write off

Many freelancers drive their own vehicle for business and may qualify for certain car and mileage tax deductions.

Moving expenses deduction

Until recently, you could deduct moving expenses on your tax return. Recent changes to the tax rules have impacted whether you can deduct moving expenses.

Simplified home office deduction

If you use space in your home as an office for your business, you can take either the actual home office deduction or the simplified home office deduction.

Rent Tax Deduction

If you're self-employed, there are few ways you can write off your rent, and if you know how to use them, they can be among the most important ways to save money on taxes each year.

Side Hustle Taxes

Self-employed individuals can write off business expenses when filing side hustle taxes. You can avoid paying taxes on side jobs if your net income is under $400 in a year.

Mileage Tax Deduction

Get a car mileage tax deduction using either the standard mileage deduction or actual expenses deduction. You will report this on Schedule C.

Cell Phone Tax Deduction

A cell phone tax deduction is available to self-employed individuals if it is used for their business. They can also write off their internet usage.

Business And Consultant Tax Deduction

Consultant tax write-offs are useful in lowering self-employment taxes. Sole proprietors can use a QBID to lower taxable income, as they are a pass-through business entity.

Is Credit Card Interest Tax Deductible?

Credit card interest is tax-deductible if it is from a business-related purchase. You can write off a portion of the interest even on a personal credit card if it comes from a business expense.

Are Office Expenses Deductible?

The home office tax deduction is used to write off your home office and office-related expenses. Claim it using the standard or simplified method.

Advertising And Marketing Expenses Deduction

Marketing tax deductions related to promoting a business can be claimed by self-employed individuals. Report them on Schedule C.

Business Startup Costs and Deductions

Business startup costs can be amortized over 15 years. You can also deduct up to $5,000 in the first year if total costs are below $50,000.

Are Subscriptions Tax Deductible?

Subscriptions are tax deductible for self-employed individuals. You can write off the business use percentage as a tax deduction on Schedule C.

Depreciation Tax Deduction

The depreciation tax deduction can be claimed for any asset that is used for business. There are three methods to calculate this deduction.

Education Expenses Tax Deductible

Education expenses are tax-deductible for self-employed individuals as long as they are related to their current job. Report the deductions on Schedule C.

Internet Bill Tax Deduction

For many who work from home, the internet is necessary for doing business. For some people, their internet bill counts as a tax write-off.

Write Off Your Car Payments

There are many tax deductions you can take related to your car, if you use it for work, but unfortunately your car loan payment isn't one of them.

What’s FlyFin?

FlyFin caters to the tax needs of freelancers, gig workers, independent contractors and sole proprietors. It offers a host of cutting-edge tax tools that help you quickly find deductions. You can also use tools like a home office deduction calculator. FlyFin uses an A.I. to track all your business expenses automatically and find every possible tax deduction. Once you have all your possible deductions in one place, our CPA team files a guaranteed 100% accurate tax return for you. It saves you a couple of thousand dollars and a ton of time on your taxes. Download the app and have your taxes filed in minutes, saving time and more money on your taxes than last year, guaranteed.
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