Why 2013 May Be the Year to Make that Car or Boat Purchase You’ve Been Thinking About

For the last several years, taxpayers have been allowed to take an itemized deduction for state and local sales taxes in dreamcarlieu of state and local income taxes. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 has extended this break — but only through 2013.

The break can be valuable to those residing in states with no or low income tax rates. But even here in California – the state with the highest income tax, it may still be possible to see a benefit from the sales tax deduction if you purchase a major item, such as a car or boat.

With tax reform being discussed and the federal deficit continuing to be a major issue, it’s hard to predict whether the deduction will be extended again. If you’re contemplating a major purchase, you may want to make it in 2013 to ensure the sales tax deduction is available.

Wertz & Company, LLP, is an Irvine Tax Accounting and Professional Services Firm located in Orange County, CA that specializes in working with entrepreneurs along their journey to success.