can i deduct excise tax on car in ri they are based on car value

this are based on value of the car and goes to town and community
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    Excise taxes aren't deductible but personal property taxes (an annual tax based on the car's value) is deductible.  Rhode Island, like many other states, does not have a deductible personal property tax.
    • so just to be clear: even so my town uses car value for this taxes i still can not deduct them?
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    I know this is an old question, but does anyone have an answer?  Different municipalities within RI have this car tax (also called excise tax).  Its based on the value of your car and must be paid quarterly a year in arrears.  Can payments made during a given year be claimed as personal property tax?
    • I think the confusion in this post is that RI does not have a deductible personal property tax, but some communities in the state DO have a personal property tax.  The answer would be that IF

      the tax is based on the value of the car, and
      it is assessed annually (even if paid quarterly)

      it would be a deductible personal property tax.
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    YES: RI annual excise taxes on the value of the car IS deductible. 


    See: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1040sca.pdf


    Specifically the instructions for line 7.

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      You cannot, unless it is an annual tax on the car based on value.  If it is a one time tax on purchase, it would not be deductible.  Because of the difficulty in assigning value, it would be unusual for a town to have a tax office large enough to administer such a tax.
      • I have the same question.  RI's "Excise Tax" is both based on the value of the car AND an annual tax unique to RI.  Can we deduct this tax?
      • I live in Massachusetts, and we have a very similar tax to what the person from neighboring Rhode Island is describing. It is called a "Motor Vehicle Excise Tax", and is levied annually -  based on the depreciated value of the vehicle - by the town in which the vehicle is registered. From every description I have read, it would seem that it should be deductible on Federal return; however, I can find nothing in IRS literature that specifically addresses it.
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