Selling Rather Than Trading in Business Vehicles
Can Save Tax
a vehicle's value typically drops fairly rapidly, the tax
rules limit the amount of annual depreciation that can be
claimed on most cars and light trucks.
Thus, when it's time to replace a vehicle used in business,
it's not unusual for its tax basis to be higher than its
If you trade a vehicle in on a new one, the undepreciated
basis of the old vehicle simply tacks onto the basis of the
new one (even though this extra basis generally doesn't
generate any additional current depreciation because of the
annual depreciation limits).
However, if you sell the old vehicle
rather than trading it in, any excess of basis over the
vehicle's value can be claimed as a deductible loss to
the extent of your business use of the vehicle.
For example, if you sell a vehicle with an adjusted
basis of $20,000 for $12,000, you'll get an immediate
write-off of $8,000 ($20,000 – $12,000). If you trade in the
vehicle rather than selling it, the $20,000 adjusted basis is
added to the new vehicle's depreciable basis and, thanks to
the annual depreciation limits, it may be years before any tax
deductions are realized.
For more ideas on how to maximize your vehicle-related
deductions, contact us at 925-634-2344.
SMEED CPA Adds Financial
Services To Help Clients With
Investments & Insurance
often we here at SMEED CPA are asked about financial issues
that impact our clients investments and their portfolios.
We always offered our opinion and suggestions but in order to
help our clients actually execute the changes we suggest,
SMEED has created a Financial Services division.
SMEED Financial Services, Inc. will be able to
work with both individual and business clients on their
investment portfolios and manage assets on their behalf.
SMEED Financial will include Michael Uadiale,
ACA, CPA, CGMA; and Pablo Blanco who has
recently joined SMEED and comes with over 18 years of
financial sales and advising experience with affluent
Watch your inbox and mail boxes for more specific information
on services SMEED Financial Services, Inc will make available
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on Our Hotline?
Hello it’s Michael Uadiale, CPA of
SMEED CPA Inc. We’ve just installed a toll-free
number that I would like for you to call and tell me how you
think we are doing as your CPA firm.
Just dial 800-609-9006
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You can choose between 1 and 5
STARS and write in what you think about the tax or accounting
work we have done for you.
It's that simple. Thank
you in advance for your help and cooperation!
As always you can call our offices if you have any
questions about these or any other accounting related issues, at
Regards, Michael Uadiale, CPA,
Managing Partner, SMEED CPA,