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CAN I DEDUCT REGISTRATION FEE FOR A LEASED CAR IN CALIFORNIA?

 
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MargaretL
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CAN I DEDUCT REGISTRATION FEE FOR A LEASED CAR IN CALIFORNIA?

Yes, you can deduct the car registration fee on a leased car - not the total amount, just the portion that the state charged you for taxes based on the value of your vehicle. 

California law is the same as federal law regarding the deduction allowed. Therefore, if you itemized your deductions on your federal return and claimed a deduction for the vehicle license fee, no adjustment to your California return is needed on schedule CA.

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MargaretL
Expert Alumni

CAN I DEDUCT REGISTRATION FEE FOR A LEASED CAR IN CALIFORNIA?

Yes, you can deduct the car registration fee on a leased car - not the total amount, just the portion that the state charged you for taxes based on the value of your vehicle. 

California law is the same as federal law regarding the deduction allowed. Therefore, if you itemized your deductions on your federal return and claimed a deduction for the vehicle license fee, no adjustment to your California return is needed on schedule CA.

Steve S Kuo
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CAN I DEDUCT REGISTRATION FEE FOR A LEASED CAR IN CALIFORNIA?

Please help that I could not go through Line # 74, while I did not have job in 2020.

MarilynG1
Employee Tax Expert

CAN I DEDUCT REGISTRATION FEE FOR A LEASED CAR IN CALIFORNIA?

@Steve S Kuo If you had no income, you can't use Itemized Deductions to claim your vehicle Registration Fees as a personal deduction, on either your Federal or California tax return. 

 

If you use a vehicle for Business, you can claim registration fees under Business Expenses on Schedule C in your Federal return.

 

Your Net Profit/Loss carries over to your California return, which includes the registration fee.

 

If this applies to you, click this link for more info on Business Vehicles

 

Here's more detail about California Vehicle Registration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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