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Model X may qualify for 50% business write off.


Active Member
Aug 10, 2015
I read here that Model X weighs 6100lbs...if that's right, under IRS rules, business owners can deduct up to 50% of it's value!...as long as it can fulfill the following requirements (from article linked above):

A. Your crossover vehicle is a truck if you can create a flat, floor-level surface from the front seats to the rear by removing the seats using simple tools such as screwdrivers and wrenches.5

B. Your crossover vehicle is a truck if it first has either (a) four-wheel drive or (b) a GVWR of more than 6,000 pounds, and second has four or more of the following five characteristics:6

1.Approach angle of not less than 28 degrees

2.Break-over angle of not less than 14 degrees

3.Departure angle of not less than 20 degrees

4.Running clearance of not less than 20 centimeters

5.Front and rear axle clearances of not less than 18 centimeters

I guess, all that speculation on how seats fold is not w/o it's merits. :biggrin:

EDIT: Hm...this website says that it's limited to $25k right now.
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Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv
Jun 21, 2012
Yes, the bonus depreciation dance has been crazy the last few years. Congress generally gets lobbied near the end of the year and makes some changes to it. We're back to the $25K limit at this moment, but you won't know until December or so whether they go back to 50%, 100%, etc.
The -- corrupt -- US politicians (in bed with NADA) who fervently set up barriers to the Tesla Motors distribution network must be torn ---- knowing that their arbitrary laws that incentivize the purchase of big, gas sucking oil trucks (for business purposes --- dubious in most cases) will also be used to strengthen Tesla Motors. Once an idiot, always an idiot.


Sig Model S + Sig Model X + Model 3 Resv
Jun 21, 2012
Apparently Section 179 rules change from year to year. What I posted originally it's not the latest, but I'm having difficulty finding Section 179 for 2015 and rules will probably be different for 2016.

Generally, they aren't set until December as Congress deals with it at the very last minute. Given the fragility of the economy, I wouldn't be surprised to see a great bonus depreciation number this year, but who knows what next year will bring.
^^^ I can't answer the above (my wife probably can) but I do know if you buy it as a business vehicle, it's only supposed to be driven for business. Mileage is to be tracked and recorded in the event of an IRS audit - violate this at your own risk. On a gasoline vehicle, the fuel is also tax deductible which brings up an interesting scenario. Can you deduct the cost for charging?

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