Tax credit for biking to work?



Schwinn

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I heard that you can write of your bike equipment if you bike to work. Does anyone know about this or have a link?

Thanks for your help
Travis Schwinn
 

xc_gumby

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Nice try mate, but I dunno.

In Australia getting to work (no matter how you do it) it your responsibility.

You get a tax deduction for travelling to a second job.
 

DiabloScott

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Originally posted by Schwinn
I heard that you can write of your bike equipment if you bike to work. Does anyone know about this or have a link?

Thanks for your help
Travis Schwinn

No write off, but you get a big tax credit by not paying gasoline tax.

You could probably take a write off if you're REQUIRED to have a bike for your job - like the write off for uniforms... bike messengers might get away with that.
 

stevek

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what if the bike is my only transporation? I am my own boss so i cna order myself to ride (G)
 

SLS

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Originally posted by stevek
what if the bike is my only transporation? I am my own boss so i cna order myself to ride (G)
In theory you can pull it off (buisness plan, etc...) - but in reality, I wouldn't want to screw around with the IRS. Think about home pffice deductions, clothing for work, etc... "Is this only you used for work? Nope - thanks for the penalty & interest, have a nice day.... Next"
Best bet is to check with an accountant as they may actually know a way to pull it off.
 

DiabloScott

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Even then, it's not a credit - it would be a deduction and you can't take most deductions unless you itemize, and it generally doesn't make much sense to itemize unless you have a mortgage or other very large deductable expense (greater than the standard deduction).

Something in the tone of Mr. Schwinn's post made me think this didn't apply to him.
 

davek

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I don't know about the US, but in the UK travel expenses can only be claimed against tax if you are travelling to a non-permanent workplace, i.e. if you work in an office and you cycle there every day then you can't claim, but if you were, say, a courier then you could claim the cost of maintaining your bike as allowable travel expenses and you could claim the cost of buying your bike and things like new wheels, tyres, etc. as capital expenses.