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NaturalBeam
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Buying a car under my business

So I have a "business" - no legal filings, but I do have a business bank account, card, and checks with my business name on it. It's for no other purpose than to keep track of my business expenses more easily.

I'm about to buy my wife a new car - Will I have any problems buying it under the business? Just pay it out of that account for documentation?


bryso
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re: Buying a car under my business
how did you get a business bank account without filing with the SOS.


NaturalBeam
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re: Buying a car under my business
Just opened one with Chase entitled "NaturalBeam, Attorney at Law". Showed a business card, and boom.

Also saved me $5 on my Sam's membership


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bryso
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re: Buying a car under my business
how are u paid? independent contractor? i assume u get a 1099 at the end of the year?


NaturalBeam
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re: Buying a car under my business
Yes and yes


bryso
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re: Buying a car under my business
man this is going to be a tough one to swing

would likely set off a flag... if i were u i would incorporate as an S corp and then make ur wife an employee...

its one thing to write off your miles or maintenance whichever u pick. but its a totally different thing to write off a whole car that is driven by someone other than u.


NaturalBeam
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re: Buying a car under my business
Ha that's what I was afraid of. Just didn't know the likelihood of getting flagged for something like that. Thanks.


bryso
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re: Buying a car under my business
i'm not a CPA...so i could be 100% wrong... but i am 1099 as well... dont have a separate bank account..i just use mint to track my expenses and then take the itemized deductions where turbotax tells me.... i dont remember running across a "s/o automobile deduction"


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Tigah in the ATL
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re: Buying a car under my business
Beyond the ethical thing (apparently not a problem), people with businesses buy shite for their family all the time. She just needs to be on the payroll & you need to be ready to shows its business use.


bryso
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re: Buying a car under my business
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ethical thing (


i mean if its allowed by the IRS i dont really see where ethics comes into play.




VABuckeye
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i mean if its allowed by the IRS i dont really see where ethics comes into play


If being the operative word. He wants to buy a car for his wifes personal use under a business that doesn't really operate as a business. It just catches expenses.

No, nothing shady at all here.


Poodlebrain
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re: Buying a car under my business
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i mean if its allowed by the IRS i dont really see where ethics comes into play.
It is not allowed. A taxpayer is entitled to deduct expenses for the business use of an automobile. The OP stated that the business use would be zero since the car is for his wife to use.


Sal Minio
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re: Buying a car under my business
What if you have an LLC and own a building that you rent out, what can you write off? Should I start a new thread for this?


Tenforty1728
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re: Buying a car under my business
Regardless of the business that an automobile is being used for, 100% is never really a good idea to write-off. Hard to argue any car is used 100% for business unless you have another car available for personal use.

Whether it's a rental property or any other self-employed activity, mileage or actual expenses can be taken, whichever is greater. The mileage rate is $.55 as of now. It moves with gas prices and inflation (it's only been going up). Actual expenses should apply a business use percentage to expenses. So if you pay $1,000 a year for auto insurance and use the car 80% for business use, your auto insurance write-off is $800.

That is the right way to do it rather than just paying all expenses out of the business. You can make adjustments at year end so all of it isn't expensed as another alternative.


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bryso
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What if you have an LLC and own a building that you rent out, what can you write off? Should I start a new thread for this?



writing off the car purchase is going to be tough... but mileage after that shouldn't be an issue.



bryso
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re: Buying a car under my business
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a business that doesn't really operate as a business.


when you're an indy contractor the govt lets you do things a little differently than the standard person....


Chad504boy
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NaturalBeam


so when your wife is in an accident, just be prepared to have your company brought into the lawsuit.


bryso
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re: Buying a car under my business
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company


is used loosely here....

basically he has a separate checking account to make it easier to track how many paperclips he buys....


Chad504boy
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is used loosely here....

basically he has a separate checking account to make it easier to track how many paperclips he buys....




soo......... that extra account in a fake business name would be in jeopardy.


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GoHoGsGo06
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re: Buying a car under my business
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so when your wife is in an accident, just be prepared to have your company brought into the lawsuit.


This.

Are you buying it outright, or with a car loan? If doing a car loan, bank will probably want some collateral securing that loan.

My opinion: You need to legally setup your "business" first. Do an LLP or something to protect yourself for when your wife wrecks your car; which will happen inevitably.

This post was edited on 11/9 at 11:30 am


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