pigwidgin
Level 2

On the Washington State vehicle registration, there is RTA and Other taxes. RTA can be deducted. "Other" is based on vehicle value as well. Can it be deducted and how?

 
GeoffreyG
New Member

Deductions & credits

In the State of Washington, the only portion of your vehicle registration that is tax deductible (on Form 1040 Schedule A) is the amount shown on your statement for the RTA (Regional Transit Authority) tax.  Only residents of King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties, and who live within the Sound Transit District, will have any RTA tax.  If you do not pay RTA taxes, then you do not have a tax deductible portion of vehicle registration fees for Washington vehicles.

For more information on the RTA, you may visit the following government webpage:

http://www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/rta.html

In TurboTax, you would want to enter the full amount of your RTA tax (if applicable to you) that is shown on your Washington vehicle registration statement.  You won't reduce the RTA amount, nor will you enter any amounts from your Washington vehicle registration statement other than the RTA tax.  This is the dollar amount that you should use for the TurboTax data field that asks for your "deductible portion" of the Washington vehicle registration fees.

Finally, it is also important to keep in mind that you (or anyone claiming this deduction) may or may not actually see any net tax benefit from including this item on your tax return.  The reason for this is that you must have enough itemized deductions (in total) to exceed the standard deduction available to all taxpayers.  Since more than 2 in 3 taxpayers do not, most people end up taking the (more valuable) standard deduction, rather than itemizing deductions.  If you input all your data carefully, however, the TurboTax software will make that determination for you.


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cripesd
New Member

Deductions & credits

For 2017, my vehicle registration statement has an item "T.B.D. Seattle" of $80, which is not based on the vehicle's value per http://www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/localfees.html
Eric Toner
New Member

Deductions & credits

In Washington, a Use Tax is charged to vehicles when they are registered by a new owner (used vehicle purchased directly from previous owner) or a vehicle purchased out of state (i.e. Oregon).

 

This tax captures the WA sales tax normally charged upon sale by a Washington car dealer. Since the tax is based on the vehicle value, it is deductible.