New Sales Tax Deduction for Vehicle Purchases The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
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RockRidge Financial Blog >> The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

For 2009, there is a new deduction for state and local sales and excise taxes paid on the purchase of new cars, light trucks, motor homes and motorcycles after Feb. 16, 2009 and before Jan. 1, 2010. The deduction generally is available regardless of whether you itemize deductions on Schedule A or claim the standard deduction. 

The deduction is limited to the tax on up to $49,500 of the purchase price of an eligible motor vehicle.
The deduction is phased out for joint filers with modified adjusted gross income between $250,000 and $260,000 and other taxpayers with modified AGI between $125,000 and $135,000.
If you itemize and choose the option to deduct state sales taxes in lieu of state income taxes, you don't get the new deduction. This prevents you from getting a double deduction for the sales taxes on the vehicle but it also involves some tricky planning considerations because different rules apply to the optional deduction and the new deduction. For example, the new deduction but not the optional deduction is allowed against the alternative minimum tax. Additionally, the optional deduction is subject to a limitation that caps the deduction for sales tax on a motor vehicle to the general sales tax rate.