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What can I deduct on my Washington state registration fee?

  • so how much can I deduct in Washington?

From Wash DOL website: "If you live in urban areas of King, Pierce, or Snohomish counties, you may be required to pay Regional Transit Authority (RTA) tax. This tax is collected on behalf of Sound Transit to pay for their local transit-related projects. The RTA tax is an excise tax of 0.3%, which means it’s calculated based on the value of your vehicle. For the purposes of this tax, your vehicle’s value is set by the state legislature and isn’t based on the fair market value."

  • So, there IS a small deduction you can make then, if you live in the RTA areas.  Note that not all of those counties are RTA - check your tabs renewal to see if it is.

Washington state vehicle registration fees ("tabs") for personal cars and trucks have not been based on vehicle value for more than a decade now, so no portion of the fee is deductible on federal taxes.

  • This 2 year old answer was based on a list in TurboTax of states that have all or a portion of their vehicle registration fees based on value. Washington is still on that list but I think you are correct that it is not based on the value of the vehicle and thus not deductible.
Yes some or all of your Washington state vehicle registration fee is deductible as an itemized deduction on your federal tax return.
  • Some or all?  If some, how do you determine this?
  • Look at your fee and determine which part of it or if all of it is based on the value of your vehicle. That is what is deductible.
  • it would be great to have the specific area mentioned which is on our registration certificate
  • so what is the break down, I see $58 in the GWT/Veh WT box and the $3 in the filing fee box and $5 in Subagent box
  • None of those entries sound like a tax based on value. What state do you live in?
  • washington
  • You might try asking a new question to see if anyone monitoring the site from Washington state knows which part of the registration fee is deductible. Comments tagged on to questions already answered don't get much visibility.
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