Written by attorney Robert Jan Suhajda

Are Excise Taxes deductible on Schedule A, Itemized Deductions?

Also, you may be able to deduct state and local sales or excise taxes you paid after February 16, 2009, for the purchase of any new motor vehicle(s). You may deduct these taxes on Form 1040, either as an addition to your standard deduction, or on Schedule A, if you elect to itemize your deductions. However, if you make an election to deduct state and local general sales taxes instead of state and local income taxes on Schedule A, you can only deduct any state and local taxes you paid on the purchase of a new motor vehicle as part of your total state and local general sales tax deduction.

Note: The deduction for state and local sales taxes expired effective 12/31/2009 but was extended.

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Please refer to the Form 1040 Instructions for limitations based on vehicle price, vehicle types, and income qualifications

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