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You're confusing the registration fee with the excise tax. These are two separate charges in MA, which is why the registration fee is not deductible.

The registration fee is paid to the RMV (I think it's $40 a year). It's not tax deductible.

The excise tax is paid to the municipality in which you reside (and therefore the address on your registration). It is entirely based on the value of your car and is deductible.

Turbo Tax is right in telling you that the registration fees in MA are not deductible; but the excise tax is.

- Megan
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