Can You Lease Your Car to Your Business?

By Dr. James M. Dahle, WCI Founder

I often hear docs and other small business people mention how they are so smart for having their business lease their car. While I’m sure there is a situation where this has worked out well, most of the time it is a mistake, and most of those who are not convinced that it is a mistake are cheating on their taxes. Let me explain.


Separating the Issues

There are really two issues to talk about here. The first is whether your business should own (or lease) a car or whether you should do it personally. The second is whether the car should be purchased or leased. It’s important not to conflate these two issues. Before we get to those questions, you need to understand some background information about how this stuff works.


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