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Publication 535 2008 Tax Year

Publication 535 - Introductory Material

This publication discusses common business expenses and explains what is and is not deductible. The general rules for deducting business expenses are discussed in the opening chapter. The chapters that follow cover specific expenses and list other publications and forms you may need.

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The following items highlight some changes in the tax law for 2007. More information on changes in the tax law for 2007 can be found in Publication 553, Highlights of 2007 Tax Changes.

Standard mileage rate. . The standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car, van, pickup, or panel truck in 2007 is 48.5 cents a mile for all business miles.

Self-employed health insurance deduction. Partners and more-than-2% shareholders in an S corporation may be able to claim this deduction when the policy is in the name of the partner or shareholder. See chapter 6.

Environmental cleanup costs. The election to deduct qualified environmental cleanup costs expired for costs paid or incurred after December 31, 2007. See chapter 7.

The following items highlight some changes in the tax law for 2008. More information on changes in the tax law for 2008 can be found in Publication 553.

Standard mileage rate. The standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car, van, pickup, or panel truck in 2008 is 50.5 cents a mile for all business miles.

Marginal production of oil and gas. For tax years beginning after December 31, 2007, the temporary suspension of the taxable income limit on percentage depletion from the marginal production of oil and natural gas is scheduled to expire. See chapter 9.

IRS e-file (Electronic Filing)


You can file your tax returns electronically using an IRS e-file option. The benefits of IRS e-file include faster refunds, increased accuracy, and acknowledgment of IRS receipt of your return. You can use one of the following IRS e-file options.

  • Use an authorized IRS e-file provider.

  • Use a personal computer.

  • Visit a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) site.

For details on these fast filing methods, see your income tax package.

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