I paid $6700 in cash for a motorcycle in January. The same motorcycle was stolen near my apartment 5 months after I bought it. I had insurance but due to a policy technicality the motorcycle was not covered (I know I know)

Can I claim this loss on my 2017 taxes?


If you benefit from itemizing deductions, you can deduct the portion of the value of the stolen property (less $100) that exceeds 10% of your AGI.

So, if your AGI is $50,000 and you itemize deductions, you can claim a $1,600 deduction on the theft. If AGI is $66,000 or higher, no deduction, if $40,000, a $2,600 deduction, and so on.

IRS Form 4684 is used for this.

The starting figure is based on fair-market value at the time of theft, so if you put considerable miles on the bike in 5 months or if demand has waned, it may be lower than purchase price. You can also add in cost of personal items that were on the bike, you subtract $100 from the total cost of the incident, not from each item.

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