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Is a generator tax deductable?

I've just completed one of my long time goals. I recently became a Owner/Operator. During my research I read that I can only deduct up to $500 for hand tools and that got me wondering about a setup I am thinking about installing.

Instead of installing a APU (too expensive) I had planned on buying a Yamaha generator and a portable A/C and heater to use instead of idling. So, will my generator, A/C and heater be deductable?

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Yes, any item that is used on or for the business is deductible. The confusing part tho is that there are different forms of writing something off, in your comment u referred to tools, there is no limit but ifyou spend larger amounts u would depreciate them like any other larger purchase.

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Well, one does not have to depreciate. They can do a 179 full expensing on new equipment up to the present 2016 limit of $500,000. One does not even have to depreciate a truck (though it is probably more practical to do that on a truck), they can expense write off using 179. Check with any accountant, they can tell you.

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I did the same set up on my truck and it's all deductible. Just be sure that your generator is not purely gravity fed fuel. It needs to have a vacuum fuel flow valve so that the fuel will stop flowing to the carb if it quits running and also need a positive shutoff valve which most generators have per DOT regs. I run a Honda EU3000 and a Danby A/C unit.

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If the generator is store away, like mine is, no one even knows you have one. I have frame rail box that the Yamaha EF2000 rides in, and with a couple of panels removed from the box, operates in. Out of site, out of weather, and secure. I don't have an inflated paranoia gland to worry about goofy stuff like if it is gravity fed (which it is) or not. Unless you broadcast to the planet that you have a generator (here's your sign moment) and what it is, no one really gives a rip. And stored away in its own box like mine is, no one is even looking for a generator. And I am convinced that the regulation on this stuff has to apply to generators that run while the truck is in operation. If one sets the generator on the ground next to the truck and runs it, is it part of the truck at that point? No. The danger in fuel being an issue is if a generator is operated while truck is working. And I don't know of too many people that operate a gas generator while the truck is running down the road. My Yamaha EF2000 has a dedicated fuel shut off valve. Not something like the Honda 2000.

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