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Is my car registration fee deductible?

Yes, if it’s a yearly fee based on the value of your vehicle and you itemize your deductions.

You can’t deduct the total amount you paid, only the portion of the fee that’s based on your vehicle’s value.

And, not all states have value-based registration fees. The states that do are list below along with the deductible portion of your registration fee.

 Alabama The Ad Valorem Tax you paid on your vehicles
 Arizona The Vehicle License Tax (VLT) you paid on your vehicles
 California The Vehicle License Fee (VLF) portion of your registration fee
 Colorado The Ownership Tax you paid on your vehicles
 Georgia The Ad Valorem Tax you paid on your vehicles, only for vehicles purchased before March 1, 2013 and non-titled vehicles
 Indiana The Excise Tax Fees you paid on your vehicles
 Iowa The Vehicle Registration Fee you paid based on your vehicle's value
 Kentucky The Vehicle Registration Fee you paid based on your vehicle's value
 Louisiana The License Plate Fee you paid based on your vehicle’s value
 Massachusetts The Motor Vehicle Excise Tax you paid on your vehicles
 Michigan The License Fee you paid based on your vehicle's value, if the model year is 1984 and newer
 Minnesota The Registration Tax you paid on your vehicles
 Mississippi The Ad Valorem Tax you paid on your vehicles
 Missouri The Personal Property Tax portion of your vehicle registration fees paid to your county
 Montana The County Option Tax you paid on your vehicles
 Nebraska The Motor Vehicle Tax portion of your registration fees
 Nevada The Motor Vehicle Tax you paid on your vehicles
 New Hampshire The Municipal Fees portion of your vehicle registration fees
 North Carolina The Vehicle Property Tax you paid to your county on your vehicles
 South Carolina The Personal Property Tax paid to your county based on your vehicle’s value
 Washington The Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Tax you paid on your vehicles, if required by your county
 Wyoming The Vehicle Registration Fees paid to your county based on your vehicle's value

Although auto registration fees aren’t deductible in the following states, you're allowed to claim the personal property tax you paid annually based on the value of your car. Follow this link to learn more about the Personal Property Tax Deduction.

 Arkansas The Ad Valorem Tax paid to your county based on your vehicle’s value
 Connecticut The Property Tax you paid to your city or county based on your vehicle's value
 Kansas The Personal Property Tax you paid to your county based on your vehicle's value
 Maine The Excise Taxes you paid to your city or county based on your vehicle's value
 Rhode Island The Excise Tax paid to your city or town based on your vehicle’s value
 Virginia The Personal Property Tax paid to your city or town based on your vehicle’s value
 West Virginia The Personal Property Tax paid to your county based on your vehicle’s value

Here are some places to check:

  • Current vehicle registration or license bill
  • Vehicle registration card
  • Purchase contract if you recently bought the car
  • State DMV website for an online copy of your bill

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