2017 Tax Write-Offs for RV Owners

In this case, knowledge is money.

Did you know that there are tax advantages and tax write-offs for RV owners? These can apply to private or rental fleet owners. But before you start clapping your hands and thinking you are good to go, there are certain requirements you need to know about before you can consider getting a tax write-off for your RV.

An RV as a Home

 If your RV is equipped like a home with sleeping, cooking and toilet facilities, you can claim it as a second home and get a tax write off. But you can only deduct taxes on only two homes: your main home and your RV home. (Real estate or personal property taxes can be deducted on any number of homes.) This is one the easiest and best ways to get a tax write-off for one RV: just by declaring it as a second home.

An RV as a Business

Sales tax on any RV purchase may be deductible. But if you use your RV as part of your business, it may qualify for a complete business deduction.

For example, if you conduct business from your RV, and/or you travel to work or actually work out of your RV on a regular basis, there is an entire section of tax deductions that you can take.

Office on wheels example from heathandalyssa.com
Office on wheels example from heathandalyssa.com

Virtually any expense that goes into operating your business via your RV may be deductible. Even entertaining business clients, building business relationships or shuttling clients or staff to and from places is deductible.

Tax deductions listed are Federal tax laws, but individual states might also have tax deductions above and beyond any on the Federal level. The best course of action is to consult with your tax attorney or representative, who will steer you to all of the tax write-offs and deductions possible for both Federal and state.

Originally published July 2016. Updated January 2017.


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