Car expenses. You can deduct unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses, such as the cost of gas and oil, that are directly related to the use of your car in giving services to a charitable organization. You cannot deduct general repair and maintenance expenses, depreciation, registration fees, or the costs of tires or insurance.
If you do not want to deduct your actual expenses, you can use a standard mileage rate of 14 cents a mile to figure your contribution.
You can deduct parking fees and tolls, whether you use your actual expenses or the standard mileage rate.
You must keep reliable written records of your car expenses. For more information, see Car expenses under Records To Keep, later.
msankaran wrote:Thank you very much for the post, Steve. So, if one rented an airplane to be used for PnP flights, one could deduct the cost of rental, which includes maintenance, repair, insurance, etc., but those same costs cannot be deducted if one owns the same plane? It seems a little unfair, but I guess tax laws aren't required to be fair.
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