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Tax Deductions Extended to States Without Sales Tax

June 18, 2009

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which passed earlier this year, allows taxpayers to deduct state or local sales (or excise) taxes when buying a new car.

That's great for car buyers living in states with high tax rates, but what about buyers in states like Alaska, Delaware, Hawaii, Montana or Oregon which don't have state tax?

Now there's good news. Buyers from states with no sales tax will still benefit. Taxpayers in these states can now deduct other fees and taxes imposed by the state or city based on the car's sales price.

To qualify, the car has to be purchased between February 16, 2009 and January 1, 2010, and is good for fees or taxes paid on up to $49,500 of the purchase price of the car.

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle, Edmunds Price Promise, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

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About: Gregg Fidan


Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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