Sunday, March 8, 2009
Is credit card interest a business deduction?
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One of my questions has already been answered from your blog but I have another question that I cannot find the answer to. Can I deduct all of the credit card interest charged to my business credit cards each month, even though most of the interest is for balances from two previous years?
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You may deduct credit card interest as a business expense whether you have a business card or personal credit card if and this is a really big if you used the card for a business expense and the finance charge is for that expense. If you use a card for both business and personal expenses then you must allocate the interest expense.
A card used 100% for business since you got the card is easy. All interest is a business deduction.
If you had mixed use then you need to do some arithmetic. Tally the business vs the personal. If 40% were personal then you may deduct 60% of the interest as a business expense. Even if for past business purchases.
Because if you have to go back a couple of years this can take some time then you will need to decide if it is worth the time. A $300 interest charge may not be worth your time to figure out. $15,000 is worth the time for the calculation.
Remember that every $100 business deduction can save you $30 -- more or less -- in taxes.
Also be aware that credit card companies have a lot of names for interest: Late fee; finance charge; late penalty. Interest by any other name is still interest expense.