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Leasing a business car? Tax curve ahead

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Q. I plan to lease a car for business travel this year. Is there a limit on the amount I can deduct? A.H., Barnegat, N.J.

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Sort of. Although your business may deduct the full amount of the lease payments, you’re required to add back an “inclusion amount” for vehicles priced over a specified level. The inclusion amount is based on IRS tables. This tax rule effectively substitutes for the “luxury car” caps limiting deductions for purchased vehicles.

Tip: The IRS recently released the new tables. For 2009, the inclusion amount applies to vehicles costing more than $18,500. (IRS Revenue Procedure 2009-24)

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