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# Do we have to pay tax on trade-in value of car used for business?

My daughter used her old car for self-employment (she also has a regular job).  She drove about 1000 miles for self-employment in 2017, about 10% of the total miles driven in 2017.  In December, she traded the old car in.  She got about \$1500 on the trade-in.  She has not used the new car for business, but she might at some point this year.  Do we put in \$150 for sales price, since it was used 10% for business?  Does it matter what the purchase price of the new car is?  Does she really have to pay tax on the trade-in value?

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## Do we have to pay tax on trade-in value of car used for business?

There is no taxable event on the trade-in.  The cost basis of the new car is reduced for the depreciation used on the old car. To do that, there is a part of the standard mileage rate that is considered the depreciation. Multiply that rate times the business miles each year to arrive at the depreciation used as a deduction on the tax returns.  Then take that total and reduce the cost basis of the new are (first by the trade-in then by the depreciation).

Rate of Depreciation Allowed in Standard Mileage Rate

•  Year(s) Depreciation   Rate per Mile
• 2017 \$0.25
• 2015–2016 \$0.24
• 2014  \$0.22
• 2012–2013  \$0.23
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Expert Alumni

## Do we have to pay tax on trade-in value of car used for business?

There is no taxable event on the trade-in.  The cost basis of the new car is reduced for the depreciation used on the old car. To do that, there is a part of the standard mileage rate that is considered the depreciation. Multiply that rate times the business miles each year to arrive at the depreciation used as a deduction on the tax returns.  Then take that total and reduce the cost basis of the new are (first by the trade-in then by the depreciation).

Rate of Depreciation Allowed in Standard Mileage Rate

•  Year(s) Depreciation   Rate per Mile
• 2017 \$0.25
• 2015–2016 \$0.24
• 2014  \$0.22
• 2012–2013  \$0.23
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## Do we have to pay tax on trade-in value of car used for business?

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