Based on the information in IRS Pub 557, your answer is not correct. Here are some various sections of this publication related to auto accidents:
> "Casualty losses can result from a number of different causes, including the following: car accidents"
> "NONDEDUCTIBLE LOSSES: A casualty loss isn't deductible, even to the extent the loss doesn't exceed your personal casualty gains, if the damage or destruction is caused by the following: A car accident if your willful negligence or willful act caused it."
> "The decrease in FMV used to figure the amount of a casualty or theft loss is the difference between the property's FMV immediately before and immediately after the casualty or theft."
> "CAR VALUE: Books issued by various automobile organizations that list the manufacturer and the model of your car may be useful in figuring the value of your car."
> See also: Example at the top of Page 9, related to excess damage over car insurance policy reimbursement.
As I read this publication, losses from auto accidents ARE deductible as casualty losses provided the loss wasn't caused by the driver claiming the loss, but are limited to the $100 and 10% rule. Your comments?
Was this your personal vehicle or a car used for business? You cannot claim a casualty loss for your car if it was your personal car. The tax laws that changed for 2018 and beyond eliminated casualty losses unless you are in a federal disaster area.
You mean pub 547. Personal casualty losses that are not caused by a federally declare disaster care not deductible for 2018-2025 per the TCJA (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act).
See Pub 547 page 2
Limitation on personal casualty and theft losses. Personal casualty and theft losses of an individual, sustained in a tax year beginning after 2017, are deductible only to the extent that the losses are attributable to a federally declared disaster. Personal casualty and theft losses attributable to a federally declared disaster are subject to the $100 per casualty and 10% of your adjusted gross income (AGI) limitations.
An exception to the rule above, limiting the personal casualty and theft loss deduction to losses attributable to a federally declared disaster, applies if you have personal casualty gains for the tax year.