Are Your Auto Repairs Tax-Deductible?


Knock, knock— tax season’s at the door! For everyone who had to pay for some hefty auto repair jobs, the question of the season is: Are they tax-deductible?  

Car Repairs Are Tax-Deductible (Kind of)

As a part of a larger category of vehicle-related expenses, car repairs are also tax-deductible. However, only certain people are eligible to claim a tax deduction for automotive expenses. Business owners, other self-employed workers, armed forces reservists, and fee-based government officials who use a car for business purposes are all included.

Do you want to know when auto repairs are tax-deductible? Continue reading to learn everything you need to know. We’ll go over who qualifies for the deduction and what qualifies as a car expense in terms of tax deductions. Finally, we’ll assist you in determining how to claim this deduction.  

Who Qualifies for an Auto Repair Tax Deduction?

Aside from self-employed individuals, there are a few additional sorts of people who can deduct vehicle repairs from their taxes.

They are as follows:

Reservists from the armed forces who are going up to 100 miles from home,Qualified performers State or municipal government personnel that are paid on a fee basis  

What Types of Car Expenses Are Tax-Deductible?

If you use your automobile for business, you can normally deduct your expenses in one of two ways: as a mileage deduction or by totaling up real car expenses.

Here are some examples of typical tax-deductible expenses for the real car expense method:

  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Automobile insurance
  • Depreciation
  • Oil and gas
  • Renting a garage
  • Payments for leasing (subject to the lease inclusion amount)
  • Licenses and registration fees
  • Tires
  • Fees for tolls and parking

Some taxpayers choose to take the mileage deduction instead of computing the above-mentioned expenses. If you take this route, you’ll be able to deduct $0.56 per mile off your taxes in 2021.

How to Deduct Vehicle Repairs and Other Expenses on Your Taxes

If you use your car for both personal and business purposes, you must first determine how frequently you use both, as only the commercial use will be considered. To figure this out, take a look at the miles you drove during the tax year and figure out a prorated amount.

For example, if 60 percent of your miles were driven for business purposes, then normally 60 percent of your actual expenses can be deducted. Your sort of work will determine where you report the information. Actual car expenses will be reported on a Schedule C by business owners and self-employed personnel. Other people, as indicated at the beginning of this article, will report this information on Form 2106.