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09-17-2016, 07:32 PM
Hi everyone,

Trying to figure this out:
Purchased new car on 12/01/2012 for $65,000, for personal use. I assume that this is the "in service date"
Started a business on 5/1/2016, without any use of the car, personal nor business (not sure if this is relevant)
Started another business on 8/1/2016, from then on business use of the car is 100%.
Fair market value of the car on 8/1/2016 (KellyBlueBook) is $37,000.

Am I correct in the following assumptions?:
1. I cannot use section 179 deduction, because the in service date is in a year prior to its first business use.
2. I cannot use any special depreciation allowance, because business use in 2016 started after the first half of the year, so business use for the year cannot be 50% or more for the year, even though business use is 100% since business started.
3. I cannot use MACS method of depreciation for the same reason (<50% business use in first year of business depreciation).
4. I should use straight line method of depreciation.
5. I should depreciate the car over 5 years (60 months) starting 8/1/2016, based on FMV value of $37,000, even if it is not likely that the car will have such a useful life (it is already 44 months old when it starts to be used for business).

How should I depreciate the car for use in the business started on 8/1/2016?
How would I determine the future residual value for depreciation calculation?

Thanks much.

12-08-2016, 11:02 PM
I love depreciation but I just plug mine into TurboTax and let it do the magic. Those IRS worksheets are for the birds :)

04-22-2017, 11:37 PM
I think it is much easier to take mileage deduction used for the business.

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09-13-2017, 07:11 AM
Hi there! Were you able to determine the future residual value for depreciation calculation?