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If you fully depreciate a vehicle in 2022 can you still take mileage in year 2023?

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February 22, 2024

When you choose a method for deducting the expenses of a business vehicle, you are generally required to stick with that method for the lifespan of the vehicle's use in your business. There are two primary methods for deducting vehicle expenses: the standard mileage rate and the actual expense method.

1. Standard Mileage Rate: This method allows you to deduct a set amount for each business mile driven. The rate is determined annually by the IRS. This method is simpler as it requires less record-keeping; you only need to keep track of the miles driven for business purposes.

2. Actual Expense Method: This method involves deducting the actual costs of operating the vehicle for business purposes. This includes gas, repairs, insurance, depreciation, and other expenses. If you use the vehicle for both business and personal purposes, you can only deduct the portion of the expenses that apply to the business use, based on the percentage of the total miles driven for business.

If you have fully depreciated a vehicle under the actual expense method by 2022, it means you've claimed the maximum allowable depreciation deductions for the vehicle. In 2023, you cannot claim further depreciation for that vehicle since it's fully depreciated. However, you can still deduct other actual expenses related to the business use of the vehicle (like gas, maintenance, insurance, etc.), assuming you continue using the actual expense method.

Switching to the standard mileage rate after using the actual expense method and fully depreciating the vehicle is generally not allowed, especially if you have claimed accelerated depreciation (which includes any method that allows for more depreciation in the early years than the straight-line method, such as MACRS), a Section 179 deduction, or the special depreciation allowance on the vehicle. The IRS rules typically require you to continue using the actual expense method for the life of the vehicle if you've taken a Section 179 deduction or used accelerated depreciation.

Therefore, if you fully depreciate a vehicle in 2022 under the actual expense method, you cannot switch to the standard mileage rate in 2023 for that vehicle. You would continue deducting other actual expenses related to its business use but not further depreciation. Always consult with a tax professional or refer to the latest IRS publications for guidance specific to your situation, as tax laws and interpretations can change.

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