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Well maybe its at the federal level I don't know but anyway I live in California if that matters. I was wandering sence my truck will be used for business as well can I claim half the cost as a business expense? Its my understanding sence it will be for personal use as well that I can not claim the gas or maintenance but I "had" to buy it for business as well so it seems I should be able to take advantage of some sort of tax write off at the end of the year.
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Is it registered under your name or your business name? I think that plays a big part.

Ultimately I would ask an accountant. Does anyone else have any thoughts on this?
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It doesnt matter if it is in your name or business. The way it works (Im not an accountant, but this is how H&R Blocks does it for me). You can claim .40 (cents) per mile as a deduction. If you use the truck 75% for your business, then it is based off of 75% of how many miles you used it. Also the cost of your truck can be deducted over a 5 year span. Maybe this helps.
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That helps a lot thank you. So the entire cost of the truck can be deducted of 5 years? I wander if they will deduct this just in one year sence its less than 3k.
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My stepdad just bought a new Tundra and was able to deduct the cost over a 5 year span. I dont know how it works with used vehicles,
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