Using Motor Homes for Business Travel

Sandy Botkin
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If you use your RV for business travel, the vehicle rules come into play. Thus, you MUST keep a log of your business travel mileage and personal travel mileage. Using Taxbot would be perfect for this.

To the extent it is used for business, you can depreciate the motor home and claim other vehicle expenses. Thus, if 80% of the mileage was for business then 80%
of vehicle expenses (gas, insurance, repairs, depreciation etc.) can be written off. If the motor home has a gross vehicle weight of over 14,000 pounds, you can elect to deduct up to $139,000 of the business usage. If the gross vehicle weight is between 6,000 pounds and 14,000 pounds, you can elect to deduct up to $25,000 of the business use and depreciate the remaining business usage. There is more to this especially if you stay in one location for a long period of time; at which point the travel rules noted in Taxbot apply to determine what days are business days.

Note: If your motor home is not used for business travel, it still might qualify as a second home that will allow a deduction for the interest and taxes.

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