Mileage Deduction: Write Off Business Miles On Taxes

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Mileage Deduction: Write Off Business Miles On Taxes

If you use your personal car or other vehicles for business purposes, you can take a mileage deduction of 53.5 cents for every mile you drive for work in 2017. Here is everything you need to know in order to get the most out of your business mileage write off.

What Is The Mileage Deduction?

The mileage deduction is a tax write-off you can take to offset the cost of using your personal vehicle for business reasons. You can claim 53.5 cents per business mile in 2017 on your annual return. There’s no limit to the amount of mileage you can claim on taxes but be sure to follow the rules and have a compliant mileage log.

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Can I Claim Mileage On My Tax Return

You sure can but only if you’re keeping diligent track of your drives for the year. As mentioned, you can write off 53.5 cents for every business mile in 2017. If you’re using the standard mileage rate, you can enter your deduction on Line 9 of the Schedule C.

Can You Deduct Mileage To and From Work?

Generally, no. The IRS defines the first trip from your house and the last trip back as your non-deductible commute. This is true even if your commute is really, really far. The IRS considers where you live a personal choice and, thus, a personal expense.

The mileage deduction is geared for your business drives.

What Drives Are Business Drives?

With the mileage deduction, the IRS only lets you deduct trips that are for business. The natural question is: what types of trips are considered business drives? Here are the drives that are considered business by the IRS:

Travel between offices
You can take this deduction for travel from your office or work site and you drive to a second place of business.
mileage-101-icons-02-errands Errands/supplies

Driving for business-related errands qualifies. This can include trips like going to the bank, office supply store or post office. Additionally, these small trips add up quickly. Many business owners forget to keep track of these drives.

mileage-101-icons-03-meals Business meals and entertainment
Trips you make to meet with clients or vendors qualify for this deduction. This can include drives for dinner, coffee, drinks, etc.
mileage-101-icons-04-Travel Airport/travel
The miles you drive to and from the airport for a business trip.
mileage-101-icons-05-oddjobs Odd jobs
Drives to and from odd job locations can be written off. These can include side-gigs like babysitting, pet care, lawn work or more.
mileage-101-icons-06-customervisit Customer visits

Driving from your office or other work sites to meet with customers or clients for business qualifies.

mileage-101-icons-07-tempsite Temporary job sites
Driving from home to a temporary work location that you expect to last (and does, in fact, last) less than one year.
mileage-101-icons-08-jobseek Job seeking
If you’re looking for work, you may deduct the drives to find a new job in your current occupation. Yet, you cannot take this deduction if you’re looking for a job in a new industry for the first time.

IRS Mileage Reimbursement Rules: Mileage Reimbursement vs. Mileage Deduction:

It’s important to note the difference between a mileage reimbursement and a mileage deduction. A reimbursement is when an employer or client pays you a certain rate for the miles you drive. The deduction is when you take a write-off for the miles you drove on your annual tax return.

The IRS doesn’t require employers or clients to reimburse you for mileage. Many do in order to maintain and attract workers but there’s no mandated federal mileage rate for non-governmental employees. The IRS does offer a mileage rate for the deduction and in 2017, that equals 53.5 cents per business mile.

Business Mileage Does Not Include Commuting

There are some strict rules on what makes up deductible business driving. The one that most people get in trouble with is commuting. Commuting occurs when you go from home to a permanent work location—either your:

  • Office or other principal place of business
  • Another place where you have worked or expect to work for more than one year.

Even if a trip from home to your office (or other principal place of business) has a specific business purpose—for example, to meet with a client at your office—it is still considered commuting and is not eligible for a mileage deductible if you start out from your home.

Working during a commuting trip doesn’t make it a business drive. Even if you make business calls on your cell phone, listen to work-related tapes or have a business discussion with an associate or employee, it’s still considered commuting.

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Get Around the IRS Commuting Rule With A Home Office

One way to avoid the harsh commuting rule is to have a home office that qualifies as your principal place of business. In this event, you can take a mileage deduction for any trips you make from your home office to another business location.

For example, you can deduct the miles you drive from home to your second office, a client’s office or to attend a business-related seminar. The commuting rule doesn’t apply if you work at home because, with a home office, you never commute to work (you’re there already). Your home office will qualify as your principal place of business if it is the place where you earn most of your income or perform the administrative or management tasks for your practice.

Avoiding the Commuting Rule If You Go to a Temporary Work Location

You can avoid the commuting rule and still have your drives qualify for a mileage deduction if you travel between your home and a temporary work location. A temporary work location is any place where you realistically expect to work less than one year. It can be inside or outside of the metropolitan area where you live.

Yet, if the location is inside your metropolitan area, this exception applies only where you have an outside office or other regular work location away from your home.

What is the Standard Mileage Rate for 2017 & Prior Years?

The standard mileage rate is set by the IRS every year and this is the deductible rate for your drives.

For 2017, the standard mileage rates are:

    • 53.5 cents per mile for business, down from 54 cents in 2016
    • 17 cents per mile for medical/moving, down from 19 cents in 2016
    • 14 cents per mile for charity, the same as in 2016

The standard mileage rate changes over time and includes a variety of factors like gasoline prices, wear-and-tear and more. Here’s how it has changed over time:

YearRate per MileDates Covered
201753.5 cents1/01/17 - 12/31/17
201654 cents1/01/16 - 12/31/16
201557.5 cents1/01/15 - 12/31/15
201456 cents1/01/14 - 12/31/14
201356 cents1/01/13 - 12/31/13
201255.5 cents1/01/12 - 12/31/12
201155.5 cents7/01/11 - 12/31/11
201151 cents1/01/11 - 6/30/11
201050 cents1/01/10 - 12/31/10

Can You Claim Both Mileage And Gasoline?

No. You can’t deduct both your gasoline and mileage on taxes. You can use two methods to deduct your business use of a personal vehicle: the actual expense method or the standard mileage rate.

If you deduct your gas expenses with the actual expense method, you can’t deduct your mileage. The inverse is also the same. No matter which method you use, you can always write off the cost of paying for business parking.

How To Calculate Mileage for Taxes?

You have two options for deducting your vehicle expenses: You can use the standard mileage rate or you can deduct your actual expenses. The standard mileage rate is by far the easiest to use.

With the standard mileage rate, you take the deduction of a specified number of cents for every business mile you drive. The IRS sets the standard mileage rate each year. The 2017 Mileage Rate is 53.5 cents per mile. To figure out your mileage deduction, simply multiply your business miles by the standard mileage rate for the specific year.

Example: Ed, a salesperson, drove his car 20,000 miles for business during 2017. To determine his mileage deduction, he simply multiplies his business miles by the applicable standard mileage rate (53.5 cents per mile in 2017). This gives him a total mileage deduction for the year of $10,700 (53.5 cents × 20,000 = $10,700).

How To Track Mileage for Taxes

The big advantage of the standard mileage rate is that it requires less record keeping. You do need to keep track of how many miles you drive for business and the total miles you drive, but you don’t need to record actual expenses for your car, such as gas, maintenance, and repairs.

Yet, keeping an accurate mileage log can be tedious, and the IRS requires those logs to be fairly detailed. To save yourself time and headache, be sure to review mileage logs the IRS didn’t accept and don’t make the same mistake. You can also use a mileage tracking app like MileIQ to make the process easy and ensure you’re in compliance.

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Claiming Business Mileage on Taxes

To claim your business mileage for work on taxes, you’ll need to provide an itemized deduction. For self-employed workers, you’re going to claim your mileage on IRS Form Schedule C.

Along with the value of your work miles, the IRS will also want to know your starting odometer reading, your commuting miles and your personal, non-commuting miles. If you’re a W2 employee, there are scenarios where you can still write off business miles. You can learn more about that on this article about mileage reimbursements.

Restrictions On The Standard Mileage Rate

If you choose the standard mileage rate, you cannot deduct actual car operating expenses—for example, maintenance and repairs, gasoline, taxes, oil, insurance and vehicle registration fees. All of these items, as well as depreciation, are factored into the standard mileage rate set by the IRS. However, you can deduct the interest you pay on a car loan, as well as parking fees and tolls for business trips (but you can’t deduct parking ticket fines or the cost of parking your car at your place of work).

There are some important restrictions on who can use the standard mileage rate. If you don’t qualify to use it, you must use the more complicated actual expense method. First, and most important, you must use the standard mileage rate the first year you use a car for business. If you fail to do so, you are forever stuck using that method for that car.

If you use the standard mileage rate the first year, you can switch to the actual expense method in a later year, and then switch back and forth between the two methods after that, subject to certain restrictions. For this reason, if you’re not sure which method you want to use for, it’s a good idea to use the standard mileage rate the first year you use the car for business.

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MileIQ is a smart mileage tracking app for iOS and Android that catches your drives automatically, calculates their value, then lets you easily classify them as business or personal when you’re ready.

MileIQ captures and logs your drives automatically while you focus on your business.

MileIQ’s blog does not constitute professional tax advice. You should contact your own tax professional to discuss your situation.

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  • Audrey Maticka

    If I am attending a work function, and do not start from the office, but from home. Do I turn it in as from the office and then back to the office or home?

    • Bill Anderson

      If the work function is at a “temporary location” then there is no commute and you can deduct the trip from home to the location and either the return to home, or the office.

  • Buffy Moore

    I had a home office in Maryland. We now live in Texas – where I now have my home office. The distance between the 2 locations is 1626 miles. I am able to deduct the mileage for the move, but am I also able to count that in my total business miles driven for the year?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi Buffy-
      Be sure to ask your accountant, but at first guess I don’t think so since that would be counting it twice.

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  • Nikilette Walker

    I have a question. I work for a company that used to pay for our miles from home to our different job locations, at least 7 different ones a day. Now they are saying that is wrong and will only pay us from the first location we go to, to the last location, no commuting coverage to or from the locations to our home. Now, we don’t technically have an office and do our admin work from our home. Is this right?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi Nikilette-

      I always preface by saying, be sure to double check with your accountant, and in your case, also your HR person since you’re talking about mileage reimbursement versus a tax deduction.

      It sounds like this is simply a matter of company policy – and companies can choose any reimbursement policy they choose. That said, it sounds like your company is trying to base their policy on IRS tax guidelines to keep things simple. If this is the case, then yes, your first drive and last drive generally would be considered a commute and wouldn’t be deductible.

      However, there is an exception if you have a home office. Now, it’s likely that your company has simply chosen to make a flat policy to make things easier and not reimburse your first and last drives, even if you do have a qualifying home office. If that’s the case, you’d be able to deduct those miles on your taxes. This article talks a bit more about mileage reimbursement:

  • Nancy Disengers

    Isn’t there a 2% “window” – you only get paid for miles above 2% of your income, so if you make $40k, the first $800 are not deductible? This is deducted on the miscellaneous deduction section is my understanding.

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi Nancy-

      That depends if you’re filing an itemized Schedule A or if you’re filing a Schedule C.

  • Kenny Minium

    Ok, I’ve got a question about mileage. I am a truck driver and I live 169 miles from my home terminal. I have a friend who also works out of the same terminal. He lives more than 200 miles away. For 10 years or better his accountant has been claiming a deduction for his miles to and from work. Have I been missing a bet all these years?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi Kenny-

      It seems to me that the drive your talking about, from home to your terminal, would be considered a commute -which is generally not deductible. That said, I’m not a tax expert so 1. be sure to consult with your accountant and 2. Feel free to submit your question directly to our Tax Expert Stephen Fishman here:

    • Matt Lobb

      As a former truck driver I always wrote it off since the truck is my office not the terminal.

  • Metraman

    I have a two-part question.

    1: I am home-based, self-employed, and travel to various retail businesses as a subcontractor. I have no fixed schedule; it’s different every day. On most days, I travel to several different locations, but on other days, I might go directly from home to do a job, then directly back home again. Do I need to establish a home office in order to claim mileage to and from these locations?

    2: How does one correctly calculate (using MileIQ or otherwise) mileage when a personal stop is made along the way? Example: Leave client location, drive 3 miles, make a 1/2 mile detour, pick up a family member or household groceries, drive another 17 miles to get back to home/home office.

    I wouldn’t want to unethically/illegally claim the extra distance in my detour, but I also wouldn’t want to “lose” the majority of the return-to-base miles just for picking up a child along the route.

    I suppose I could drive directly from the client location back to my home base, record the business miles, then turn around, retrace most of my steps to run my errand, but that would be very time consuming and expensive.

    • Bill Anderson

      For question 1: if your locations are places you go back and forth to for less than a year, they are considered a “temporary location” and you don’t have to have an established home office.
      For question 2: I would like to know that as well. My guess is you subtract the detoured miles from the miles you report as business travel.

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi there-

      I just realized I never followed up! Our tax expert answered your question here:

  • Sissy Koury

    is there a way for Miles IQ to automatically record the address I stop at using GPS or for me to voice in the address rather than typing in the address so the actual physical address I stop at shows up on my reports for IRS recording purposes ? That would be a time saver for me.

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi Sissy-
      Your best bet would be to name the locations. Once you add a name for a location, your entire drive log both past and present will reflect those changes.

  • If I am already being reimbursed by my company for these trips, can I still deduct these?

  • Karen

    I have my own established business and I have a home office. I currently have 9 clients and most pay me as a 1099 contractor. I use the standard mileage rate for reimbursement when I travel to my clients. I have one client that pays me thru their payroll. I go to their office 2 days per week. My question is … what about the miles traveled to that client that pays me thru payroll? Am I considered an employee because of how they pay me and therefore have to exclude that mileage?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi Karen-

      I’m actually not sure. My gut tells me that if your employer doesn’t reimburse you for it, you can deduct it, but I’m not a tax expert. Feel free to submit that question to our tax expert:

  • Deborah

    my husband is working 175 miles from home. He expects to be there 8-9 months (just until he can retire). Can we claim the mileage for this?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi Deborah-

      Your commute from home to your principal place of business is never deductible. However, perhaps your husband’s principal place of business is a home office? Feel free to ask out tax expert here, but be as detailed as possible as to your circumstances:

      • Catherine Gordon Crabtree

        I thought if it was temporary it was?

  • Jeffrey Missing YouAlways

    so here is my question.. I have to drive from my house to Pensacola fl 2 days a week. I drive from my house to Biloxi 2 days a week. my boss is only wanting to pay me $54 dollars a week for travel cost. from my house to Pensacola it is 110 miles.. that’s one way… from my house to Biloxi is roughly 70 miles one way. can someone please tell me how $54 dollars is enough to make that trip..

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi Jeffrey-

      Mileage reimbursement is different from mileage deduction. A company can set their own policies regarding what/ how much to reimburse. That being said, if your employer is reimbursing for less than 57.5 cents per mile in 2015 and you file a Schedule A at tax time, you can deduct the difference. As always, double check with your tax professional since there are some limitation on Schedule A. This article can answer some questions about partial mileage deduction:

  • Sarah

    If an employee is out of town on business and chooses to travel 25 miles to a specific restaurant for a meal, even though there are numerous restaurants within a 5-10 mile radius, can they deduct the 50 mile round-trip mileage?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi Sarah-

      I think it would be different if we’re talking about an employee who is being reimbursed by their employer (which would then simply be company policy) versus one who’s deducting the mileage on taxes. Feel free to submit your question to our tax expert here:

      • Sarah

        Thank you. It is a company reimbursement so it sounds as if we need to clarify that in our travel policy.

  • david lagrange

    I flew from Detroit to New York for a 1-day business trip. My wife dropped me at the airport in the morning, then returned home. When I got back to Detroit that evening, she returned to the airport to pick me up, then back home again. Can I take a deduction for all four trips – two round trips ? Or can I claim only a single round trip ?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi David-

      Good question. As always, I suggest you talk to your tax preparer to be sure, but I’m pretty sure you can deduct all trips to and from the airport for business. You can also submit your question to our resident tax expert here:

  • Chris D

    I just started driving for Uber as a second job. My primary job is in a city 65 miles away. If I get up early start my day by trying to get an Uber fare (whether I get one or not) and then travel to work, can I expense my mileage between the 2? Could that work at the end of the day as well – if I leave my primary work location and go to my home city and try to find a fare (before going home)?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi Chis-

      That’s a great question and frankly I’m not sure of the answer. Feel free to submit it to our tax expert here:

    • Dwight

      Chris D – I am not an expert, but I would think that if you are getting your Uber assignments at your home, then you should look into the Home Office situation. Then all of your miles to the location for trying to get an Uber Fare should be deductible as well.

  • Daniel Noble

    I have a question about truck drivers. I’m currently on a run that the company is only paying 1,250 miles but the trip is actually close to 1400. They route us and they route they assign is still longer than what they are paying. How do I recoup the cost for driving the extra miles and what records do I need to keep to prove the route they assigned was higher than what they are paging me for?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi Daniel-

      That sounds more like an HR/ company policy question. That said, I believe you can deduct the mile that you are not compensated for. Feel free to ask our tax expert here:

  • Becka Jean

    So I’m confused. I just started a job as an independent contractor. All they say is keep track of your mileage while you’re with a consumer and submit it at tax time. Okay but my full time job is doing the same thing and they reimburse me. I learned I can file for the mileage from consumer to consumer. What I’m confused about is my personal mileage. I’ve gotten screwed out of so many miles over the last few years while I’ve had this job because I didn’t know this. I want to submit a log for this year and last year but I don’t keep track of my personal mileage. Can I submit a log of consumer to consumer? Also, a lot of my consumers were temporary which means I get mileage for commuting. Can I submit that? I figured I would subtract my end year mileage from by beginning year and separate miles I was reimbursed for, miles I wasn’t, and whatever is left over as personal. I don’t remember if I went to Walmart on the 3rd Tuesday in February.

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi Becka-

      Any driving you do for work, that is not your commute (meaning from home to your primary place of business) can be deducted – unless you’re being reimbursed for it. However you MUST keep a detailed mileage log. At the end of the year, the IRS will want to know how many miles you drove for business, commuting and personal. If you’re audited, they’ll ask to see your log. If you’re just going through after the fact and creating one, there is a very good chance it will be rejected and you’ll be hit with penalties. This article outlines what you need to know about mileage logs:

      It really sounds like you’re exactly the type of driver that should use an automatic solution like MileIQ.

  • Katie

    I have a question.. kindof a two parter..1. My company will reimburse the mileage for our client visits but we have to subtract our daily commute mileage to the office and then submit. They allowed the exception of when you travel to the airport you can deduct the roundtrip mileage without subtracting your daily commute to the office. Now they are saying that is incorrect and you have to deduct your daily commute unless you travel on Sat. and Sunday and this is according to the IRS. I am curious if this is actually true or just their interpretation of the way it is written. 2. If they wont reimburse then I guess the individual employee can keep a record and report this on their personal taxes? Interesting for a number of the employees this effects – the mileage to work is farther than the commute to the airport – thoughts?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi Katie-

      I’m going to first start by saying you should ask your tax preparer to be 100% sure. Also, feel free to submit your question to our tax expert here.

      All of that said, according to the IRS, your commute is NEVER tax deductible. You simply cannot claim the mile from home to your principal place of employment. However, you can deduct a trip from your home to the airport if the trip is for business purposes (along with parking fees, and other travel expenses).

      A company can choose to reimburse for whichever mileage and at whatever rate they see fit. If they choose not to reimburse for certain deductible trips, or for less than the IRS mileage rate, you can deduct those from your taxes. However, if you file a Schedule A (versus a Schedule C) then certain itemized thresholds must be met.

  • Becca

    So I started my job around 4 months ago and we don’t get paid gas mileage from the business I work for. It’s an in home nursing job so I travel from my home to my clients home. I’m never guarenteed on the places I go, so it’s always different. Can I write those miles off on taxes?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi Becca-

      We hear from a lot of in home nurses, and yes, you can deduct the miles you drive! That’s why so many of them are using MileIQ. That being said, I don’t think you can deduct your first and last drive of the day unless it’s outside of your tax home (home to first client – last client to home) unless you also have a home office. Those drives would be considered your commute since you don’t have a permanent workplace – this is why it’s such a great idea for tax purposes to have a home office! However, it’s best to check with your tax preparer to be 100% sure. You can also ask our tax expert by submitting your question here:

  • Stacey Wells

    Ok so here’s my question. I didn’t know that I was able to pick up extra mileage from the state, so therefore I didn’t claim them last year. But my employer paid me .38 cents a mile and for the last year and this year before I was let go I put over 13,000 miles on my vehicles, so am I able to collect the difference? and how would I be able to claim last year? and what proof do I have to turn into for taxes?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi Stacy-

      Yes, you should be able to deduct the difference. As to how that process works for previous years, I’m pretty sure you’d need to file an amended return, but ask your tax preparer to be sure. You can also submit you question to our tax expert here:

      As far as record keeping, you’d need to have a detailed mileage log. Here’s a great article about mileage logs that didn’t pass scrutiny:

      If you’re racking up that many miles each year, MileIQ could really help you save time and to ensure you’re getting the largest reimbursement and deduction possible.

      • tyler turner

        Joshua I have a question for you I work on the river I have to take the boat up and down the river depending on my locations that I am working at I work at multiple locations my employer does not reimbursed for gas mileage

      • Ana Carolina Müller Pratt

        Joshua, I have a question. I use Turbotax and my employer reimburses me 41 cents per mile. You say that I should be able to deduct the difference but how? Turbotax calculates everything for me and does not ask if my employer partially reimbursed me for business miles. Thanks!

  • Kevin Messerschmidt

    I’ll be travelling to IN from CT for a 3-6 month position, then returning home. I’ll be driving there (750mi). While there I’ll be driving back and forth from hotel to work. Once a month or so I’ll be flying home for a weekend and flying back. At the end I’ll drive home. The job is through a temp agency with a per diem allowance. What of that can I deduct as far as mileage? Can I deduct flights?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi Kevin-

      This is a great question. It’s likely that you’ll have A LOT of deductions from this assignment, but how many will depend on the specifics. Things such as what the per diem is expected to cover, whether you’re an independent contractor (1099) or an employee of the temp agency (W2), etc. Please submit your question to our tax expert since he’s far more qualified than I to answer this!

      Be sure to include as many specifics as possible so you can get the best answers.

    • Shaw on

      Would love to know the answer to that question too.

  • Ty

    I am confused. If I am an outside home improvement sales person I can deduct the mileage from my first appointment in the am (I leave from my home) or not? I must also keep track of mileage that is personal as well? Even though I am only deducting (taking the 57 cents) my business mileage? What if I go to a mandatory company meeting each week?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi Ty-
      This is a question you should ask your tax preparer. Basically, the IRS does not allow you to deduct your commute, so if you don’t have a primary office or a home office, your first drive from home to a work location (within your tax home) is usually considered your commute, as it your last drive from a client to home. Now, if you have a primary work location or a home office, then it’s a different story.

      Yes, the IRS requires you to keep track of your business drives, commuting driving and “other” driving when you use your personal vehicle for business purposes. Deducting the drive to a meeting would generally follow the same rules as outlined above. Hope this helps!

  • Can you deduct mileage that you drive for a volunteer position at a 501C3 organization?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi Suzanne-

      You bet, however be aware that the IRS mileage rate for charitable driving is quite a bit lower than the one for business driving. You can read more about mileage rates here:

  • Grant M

    What if I drive from my office to meet with a client and then drive from the meeting to home? In
    this situation, I figure the miles from my office to the meeting are
    business miles. Are the miles from the meeting to home considered
    business or commute?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi Grant-
      As always, check with your tax advisor. That said, both of those drives should be deductible.

  • edward zaremsky

    I delivered a device to a location for my company, on my way to a vacation visit and holiday weekend. That first leg while device was in my posession and it was in transit should be covered correct?

  • Luke Kinne

    I am considering taking a job in LA. I’d be brought on as an independent contractor for a 4 month project, with a great likelihood that we’d get the next phase of the project, possibly extending beyond 1 year. The drive is over 60 miles 1 way. I’m likely to be occupied there 40 hours a week, but I won’t be an employee of the company. Could I deduct my miles in this case?

  • Dave Maloney

    My company wants me to come in for a meeting on my day off. (Over 100 miles) Is this trip reimbursable because it’s not part of my daily/scheduled shifts?

  • Ryan Gibbs

    I have a home office, would this give me business miles to and (or) from my last work stop?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi Ryan-
      Of course, I always preface by saying you should ask your tax preparer about your specific situation.

      In general, you are correct. if you have a tax deductible home office that is your principal place of business, then you avoid the commuting rule because you don’t have a commute. It’s one of the biggest benefits of having a home office!

      • Ryan Gibbs

        Thanks for the help, I will check for my situation. Thanks for your awesome app. Glad I found it!!!

  • Puddin Pop

    I was commuting to a meeting and my car broke down. I never made it to the meeting, had to be towed back to San Francisco and pay a bridge toll. Can I be reimbursed for my mileage and toll? I am not sure what is legal in this situation… Thanks!

    • Alex

      Hi Puddin Pop, Did you get an answer to your question here? I have a very similar situation, and would love to know if you can claim both the mileage and the toll? Thanks so much! -Alex

  • Jonathan Danger Cole

    Hey Joshua, I work sales for a brewery. But I do not actually go to the brewery more than once a week. How do I handle deductions for mileage in this situation. I’m only in the office once a week. The other 4-5 days I leave directly from my house for door to door sales and come directly home after. I organize my day before I leave and conduct phone and email business from my home in the mornings and evenings. Does that count as a home office?

    What I have been doing is considering Mondays trips to the brewery as commute. And recording all other days travel as mileage. Does that sound close? I’ve filled this way before..

    • I have the same question. Multiple once a week gigs lasting over a year.

    • Marin

      Hi Jonathan,

      There are certain thresholds your home office must satisfy to qualify for the home office deduction (and for turning drives from your home office to clients into tax deductible mileage). This article should hopefully shed some more light on your situation:

      As always, you’re going to want to check with a tax professional before you file.

  • Ryan Gibbs

    I drive from my home office, to a nonprofit organization every other day before my 1st work stop. Does this nullify the deduction from office to 1st work stop?

    • Marin

      As always, check with a tax pro. From what I understand, your nonprofit drive is still tax deductible but it would be at the lower rate for charity drives (14 cents per mile).

  • JD

    I have a couple questions relating to mileage deductions:

    1) If I start my business halfway into the year, do I need a mileage log for the entire year, or just after I’ve started the business?

    2) Does stopping for gas on my way home from a temporary work location count as a personal expense or part of a deductible business expense?

  • Mark Mickle

    I work as a supervisor for a cleaning company that requires me to travel from home to one or more locations everyday including meetings or picking up supplies from the office. Can I start my mileage tracking from home to my location whether it be one or more locations including trips to the office and end the tracking back at home at the end of my night?

  • Robert Alvarado

    I’m an outside Sales rep visiting customers daily 5 days week some weekend out of state trips. If I drive average 45-50k miles per year, my boss gives me credit card to pay for gas, I’m in California, do I qualify for milage claims to deduct on my 10-99 tax at end of year? I’m super stressed from this, I can use any help if you folks can. Thank Ou in advance!

  • Melanie

    I am a practice administrator and work from my home office 2 days a week and drive 3 days a week 690 miles total/week. That’s a pretty big hit of about 35,000 miles a year. I receive no reimbursement for mileage or fuel assistance. Is there any hope for me in claiming any type of deduction for this, as I am not the business owner? Thanks in advance!!

  • Allen Nichols

    Can this track medical mileage as well?

  • Mary Katherine King

    If I want to deduct my actual expenses, how do I accurately determine the % of time my car was used for business without also keeping track of the mileage? I spend well over $8,000 on service for my car this year and that makes me wonder if this method would give me a better deduction…

  • Gary Schneider

    I drive for work as a source inspector for Spacex and am reimbursed 57.5 cents per mile.Can I lease a car and deduct any of the cost?

  • W.Beeman

    If I stop enroute between the job site and office for personal reasons (such as groceries) does the trip still count as business?

  • Claudia L Cuartas-Ramirez

    My question is, I do errands for work some time, do you claim round trips?

  • Ross Causing

    Is the driving coming back home from temporary workplace deductible?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi, Ross. You bet! Driving to a temporary workplace is deductible.

  • jobe

    if im taking a business trip out of town can i claim the total mileage since it is all business related. or do i need to claim each individual stop?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi, Jobe. You can deduct all of your business related drives, but you still need to document each stop. Hope this helps.

      • jobe

        so lets say i make a 400 mile trip. and on the way to my destination, i make a stop at 3 gas stations and 3 food stops and a bathroom break . i need to record each stop to the single destination?

        • Joshua Brost

          Sorry, Jobe – I totally misunderstood the question. In the example you gave, just the date, start point, end point, total mileage and business purpose will suffice. However, if you were to drive your car 200 miles to another city, then got to 5 different business locations in that city, then come back, you’d need to document each segment. Make sense?

          • jobe

            yes. makes based upon that. if it is an 800 mile ROUND trip with a single destination: my start and end point would be the same? and i do need to log from each pit stop ( bathrrom, food, etc) example l70og entry-


            start – XX ABC Road, Las Vegas
            end – XX ABC Road, Las Vegas
            purpose – business meeting roundtrip
            400 miles total

  • Julie Wachter

    Are my pet sitting miles deductible round trip, from home or work, to client and back again?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi, Julie. They should be depending on how you’re claiming your pet sitting income and whether or not you have a tax deductible home office.

  • Cetandi Bolger

    I just found this tool… Thought I’d share it as it clears a lot of questions I’ve seen here and had myself

  • LJM

    Hi, I am paid as an independent contractor through a nature center that I teach at. I did not keep track of mileage numbers but I know how many times I went to teach in 2015 and the roundtrip mileage is the same each time. Am I still eligible for the credit even if I didn’t write down the actual odometer readings at each trip?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi there,

      First, you actually only need your odometer reading at the start and end of each year, not for each trip. On the other point, the IRS requires you to keep a contemporaneous mileage log – meaning in real-time or very shortly after you took the drives. While many people do it, if you’re audited and caught making a log at the end of the year (aka fabricating a log), you can land yourself some pretty steep fines and penalties. You can read more about that here:

      Your best bet is to keep a log of every drive as soon as you take them. You could be leaving thousands in deductions on the table by not doing so. Obviously, my opinion is that MileIQ is the easiest way to do this to ensure you get back every penny!

  • bethany

    I drop my daughter off at daycare between my home office and a satellite office. Can I count the drive to or from the daycare?

  • Chris

    As an independent contractor, my clients are billed $0.50/mile on an expense sheet, along with my other travel expenses and I am reimbursed through them. Does this preclude me from taking the mileage deduction on my business taxes?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi, Chis-
      As always, check in with a tax professional. That being said, you can’t claim the entire mileage rate, but you should be able to deduct the difference between what your clients reimburse for and the actual IRS Standard Mileage Rate.

  • Mark Feldbush

    I work for a hospital as a chaplain. Periodically, I am on call to respond to deaths or crises in the emergency department or ICU. If I am called back to the hospital after I have worked my normal shift, for an on-call crisis, does the 2nd or 3rd trip back to work count as commuting? Can I claim mileage for any on-call commuting?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi, Mark-

      That’s a tricky one, so ask your tax professional for sure. I’m inclined to think it still counts as commuting since the hospital is your principal place of business.

  • Alexander Bekhterev


    I was driving to the airport for a business trip and on my way I also picked up my colleague. So the app tracked it as two trips.

    Should I classify both of them as airport/travel? Or should I classify the first part from my home to my colleague’s house as something different (please advise: between offices, errands, meeting?) and only the second part should be classified as airport/travel?

    Same on our way back: from the airport, first I dropped my colleague off, and then I dropped our visiting colleague at our office location, and then I arrived home.


    • Joshua Brost

      Hi, Alexander –

      Since you were using MileIQ, the easiest thing to do would just be to join the trips in the web dashboard. However, classifying both as business would likely be just as effective since the purpose and distance would be the same.

  • Beenser

    I’m a self-employed pet sitter, single owner LLC. I have daytime visits, and then much later, night visits. I have to come home in between due to the contractually agreed-upon time frames for the night visits. Since this trip home and then to my first night client are NOT first/last trip of my working day, can these be classified as business miles? I don’t have a home office. And a related question, since I am an LLC, do all of my pet sitting logging and billing activities at home, and my home address is my registered business address with the state, can this qualify as a principal place of business, which then could potentially allow deduction of all trips involving my home? Thank you.

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi there-

      Standard disclaimer – always check with a tax professional about your specific situation. However, from what I understand, you 100% absolutely should have a tax deductible home office! Then, every business drive you do from home is tax deductible – and the home office, supplies, etc are also deductible. This article can help you get started:

  • alan wong

    my tax home is 100 miles from my parent’s home. I also have a second job with a staffing agency as an independent contractor. When i get an assignment for work, i will go to my locate PO box to check my work mailbox, then i need to travel 80 miles outside my tax home to my second job. I usually stay overnight at my parent’s home which is 20 miles away. the next day or 2 days later, I return to my PO box again to check mail before heading home. this goes on for more than 1 year. Because my second job is outside my tax home, can I deduct the 20 miles i am required to get to my overnight location (parent’s home)? Can I also deduct the mileage from my parent’s home to my PO box?

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi Alan-

      My short answer is, I think so – especially if you have a tax deductible home office. That being said, make sure you check with a tax professional to be 100% sure of what applies in your situation. You might be missing other deductions you’re not aware of as well.

      • alan wong

        Hi Joshua, thank you for the insight. My parent’s home, the location of my overnight stay is not what I would call my tax deductible home office. It is solely a place of rest because the 80 miles back to my primary residence is much further than the 20 miles to my parent’s. I do not have any expense when lodging there.

  • Juan Carlos Graveran Jr.

    Hey Joshua, I’m an installation consultant for adt. I am based out of my home and I receive my client appointments through the Internet. I also receive all my equipment at home, my supervisor lives in a completely different state. So I drive to multiple client appointments a day, roughly 100 miles a day, with my own car. I pay for everything, gas, tolls( roughly $80 a month), repairs, and maintenance. My question is what’s the best way to file to get the most of my situation.

    • Joshua Brost

      Hi, Juan-

      I’m not a tax pro, but I sure do know about mileage! That said, your best bet is to talk to a tax professional to make sure you’re getting the most out of your deductions for your specific situation – I’m sure you qualify for much more than just mileage (home office deduction, for example) – and by not taking advantage of every single one, you’re just giving your hard earned money away!

      You should 100% be able to deduct your mileage. The question would be whether you’re filing a Schedule C or a Schedule A. If it’s an A, there are a few more restrictions because it has to hit certain thresholds. That said, if you’re really driving 100 miles per day – that would be a nearly $15,000 deduction in 2015, so it’s HUGE! But you must, must, must have a detailed mileage log. Your gas would be included in the standard mileage rate, but you should be able to deduct tolls and parking.

  • Mick

    Hi there, thanks much for the helpful tips. I have two questions:
    #1, Is it necessary to keep hand written mileage? I don’t like the idea of keeping all my records in a single notebook that could be lost or spilled on in the car, so I record my mileage after trips on my computer.
    #2, I work full time for a regular employer, but also part time as a musician for various performing groups. They send me 1099’s instead of W2s, and I’m considering “self-employed”, even though I regularly drive to the same locations for rehearsals and gigs and don’t have an “office” at home. My understanding is that because I am self-employed, I can deduct cost to driving to rehearsals and concerts. But I’m worried the IRS may consider this non-deductible “commuting” instead. Is this correct? Thanks!

  • Michal Zelenak

    I purchased the car for business use in 2014, but I did not claim any unreimbursed employee expenses on my 2014 tax return. Can I claim it on my 2015 tax return?

  • Ray

    Joshua, I’m an IT professional and I travel over 200 miles (one way) from my home base resident in city X to my second home in city Y. From Monday to Friday I stay in my city Y home to be able to go to my permanent job. On weekends I commute back to my main residence in city X. Can I deduct any of the travel?

  • Leticia

    My question is as follows: I am court ordered monitor, and drive 50+ miles once sometimes twice a week. Can I claim these miles on my return?

  • Eli

    I am a housecleaner. I consider housecleaning an odd job like pet sitting or lawn care. Can I claim mileage when I am driving home from a job?

  • samuelstorns

    My company pays 0.28 for mileage. What form do I use to take the other 0.26 on my taxes?

  • Stacy

    Here’s my question. I work from home but I am required to come into the office/headquarters at least once a month and work a full day and show my face. I just so happen to do it 2 times a month (for our staff meetings). Since my home office is my place of work but I am also traveling 2 times a month to work downtown at the office building, would this qualify as an exception to the commuting rule/is my travel to and/or from the office considered tax deductible?

  • David Nail

    I have two easy questions. I know the mileage to a customers house is deductible. But, is the trip from the customers house back to my home office deductible? Also, this is a part time business therefore I have a full time job. When I go from my full time job directly to a customer appointment can I deduct the distance from the fill time job?

    • Ken

      I have the same question. Can’t seem to find the answer. I work from home office and most of my errands post-client are also business related. However, if all last legs (trips) returning to home office are counted, then my mileage is over 95% business. Maybe this answers it indirectly?

    • If_you_ask_me

      Your trip to the client’s home AND BACK is deductible.

  • Owen

    What exactly is considered “home”? I travel a lot, and stay away from home from a month to up to 9 months. I stay in either hotels or apartments provided by my company. Are these hotels or apts considered “home”? For instance if I am on a 9 month project would the mileage from the apartment to the temporary job site be considered a commute and therefore not a business expense? Or since it is not my permanent address is not “home” or can it be considered an office?

  • Nick Urban

    Quick question. I am a zero percent share holder in a LLC but I am paid for responsibilities. I spend a lot of time at the brick and mortar store but do most of my responsibilities at home on my computer. Am I able to deduct the mileage between home and the store?

    • ElJefeAbides

      Do you get a W2 or a 1099-MISC from them at the end of the tax year? If it is a 1099 you can not only write off the miles but your home office as well, among other expenses. If it is a W-2 you still may be able to write off your home office and possibly mileage but it is a little trickier.

      • Nick Urban

        I get a K-1, no W-2.

        • ElJefeAbides

          You should talk to an accountant but you should be able to write off a good portion of expenses.

  • John Karpinski

    I drive up to 100,000 miles a year at my job! That would be a big break for me but my company I work for pays my fuel and gives me a company vehicle to drive. Can I still deduct miles?

    • If_you_ask_me

      What expense do you have for traveling if your company is picking up the cost of the car and the fuel?

    • Marin

      As always, check with your tax pro before filing any returns but it doesn’t sound like you’re eligible for the mileage deduction or the mileage reimbursement.

  • Christi Brown

    We have a home office in which we handle the administrative tasks of our business. However, nearly every job we acquire is within our metro area and all are temporary job sites. I’m confused as to the amount of mileage we are allowed to deduct. From our home office to every temporary job site? From our home office to only the temporary job sites outside our metro area? I certainly don’t want to deduct more than allowed, but I don’t want to lose out either.

    • Marin


      I’d advise double checking with a tax professional. With that said, if you have a qualifying home office, your business drives to the work locations and back to the home office should be deductible. For more information, please read Home Office Deduction 101:

  • Bob

    Is the monthly fee for mileiq tax deductible?

    • Marin


      As always, double check with your tax professional for full clarification. With that said, if you’re a self-employed worker, MileIQ should fall under the category of a software you buy for your business and should be tax deductible.

      Here’s some more information on what types of business expenses are tax deductible:

  • Robert

    If I drive from my home office to a clients house and then back to my home office, do they both count as a millage deduction?

    • Marin Perez

      Hi Robert, as long as your home office qualifies for a tax deduction, both rides should count toward the mileage deduction. As always, consult your tax professional before making any decisions or filing any returns.

    • Marin

      If your home office is a qualifying, tax deductible home office, both drives can count toward the mileage deduction. As always, consult with your tax pro first.

      • Mr. Pinball

        I don’t have an official home office set up, and I do side jobs. Can I count the mileage from my residence to the job and back, or just to the job, or neither?

  • Marin

    Hi everyone, here’s a quick graphic I’ve seen which can help you figure out if your drive is deductible. Always happy to answer any questions

    • Dene Gatewood

      I’m a W-2 employee of an agency who contracts me out on assignments. My agency is in NJ and I live in MA. My current assignment is scheduled to last only 2 years and is about 15 miles from my home. Can I claim a deduction for my travel to/from my office?

  • Shawn

    I called the IRS i’ve been in the same job for 20 years I write up the same business miles every year and now they are questioning my miles. When I talk to them today the lady on the phone said I have a temper cent leeway or $5000 is that true and what does it mean ? My mile should be fine for some reason if they don’t except them and I’m off by 1000 miles is that still in the guidelines of what she said ? My phone record they Asfoor also and I claimed $2400 and then I looked back at my bill for that year and it was $2500 which I think I can claim 100% because of that. But does that fall again under the 10% or $5k. Basically if I’m off it’s only by a couple hundred dollars on the cell phone and maybe 1000 miles on my car but I don’t think I am Will I be dropped ?

    • Marin Perez

      Hi Shawn,

      I’ve submitted your question to our Tax Expert and as always, please consult a tax professional before making any filing or tax decisions. With that said, I don’t believe there is a leeway percentage with the mileage deduction. It’s a highly scrutinized deduction because some people tend to over-estimate their miles to get a larger deduction. That’s why it’s vital to have a contemporaneous record of all your miles: business and personal.

  • Jason

    I am in a wheelchair and don’t drive, I have a virtual assistance business. My wife drives me to see clients or to client lunches. Can I still do a mileage deduction even though I don;t drive?

  • ritaroo

    i was told i couldn’t deduct the difference because i don’t own a home. I’m working for a non profit that reimburses 45 cents per mile (and if you exceed 800 miles, they give you $200 a month expense and then 15 cents per mile). How do i claim the difference then or will i have to just claim standard on my taxes?

    • Marin Perez

      Hi there,

      The post at the bottom dives into details about Mileage Reimbursement. Essentially, if the reimbursement doesn’t equal the standard mileage rate set by the IRS (54 cents per mile in 2016), you can take a partial deduction on the remainder.

      As always, please don’t consider this professional tax advice and contact your tax professional before filing.

    • Marin

      Hi there,
      I’m not a tax expert so please talk to a pro before making any filings. Still, whether you own your home or not doesn’t impact your mileage deduction. You may be able to receive a partial mileage deduction on the difference between your reimbursement rate and the standard mileage rate (45 cents vs. 54 cents) but the additional income they give you may complicate things

      More information:

  • George

    Can my employer deduct taxes on my mileage. Thanks.George Garcia

  • Aaron

    How about travel to a second office which is part of normal business, but not the principle location? That is, use the secondary location once or twice per week vs the primary which is 3-4 times per week. Is travel to the second location deductible? Thanks.

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  • Eddie

    I am an independent flight instructor. I drive from my home to the various airports I teach at and log about 150 miles a day doing so. My understanding is that I can’t deduct the mileage to the various airports I teach at because I transact my business (i.e., teaching, getting paid by students, etc) at the various airports I teach at and that would be considered commuting mileage which isn’t deductible? Is that correct?

    • Marin

      Hi Eddie,
      I’m not a tax pro so please consult a professional before filing. With that said, it sounds like these rides are not deductible because they’re commuting. One potential workaround is establishing a tax deductible home office> dedicate a portion of your house, even if it’s small, that’s devoted only to business tasks like bookkeeping. From there, you can count these drives to airports as business miles because you’re going from one office to another.

  • Kenn

    Hi! This is my first year as a full-time musician…other than Social security benefits, music shows are my only other income. I have a home office/music studio that I use for learning songs, practicing, record keeping, etc. I attend band rehearsals twice a week. I know that I can deduct mileage to/from shows that I play but is the mileage going to and from my home to rehearsals deductible? Thanks!

    • Marin

      Hi Kenn,
      As always, check with your tax expert. It does sound like if you have a qualifying home office, any drives to there for a business purpose should be tax deductible. This includes rehearsals, buying supplies, trips to the airport for gigs and more. Keep in mind, this is only because you have a qualifying tax-deductible home office. If you didn’t, drives to and from your house would likely be considered commuting, which is never tax deductible.

      Here’s some more info:

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  • Chasta

    My company pays a flat rate per hour while driving, can I still count the mileage on my taxes?

  • Tammy

    If I have been summoned to appear in court can I ask the court for reimbursement from the plantiff? What rate would I use?

  • Kuro Taka

    I am a field service tech for major computer manufacturers. I’ve never set up a home office per se, but I go directly from my home to the customer’s homes to do the repair work on their computers. Would all trips going from my house to the customer and back be deductable, and if not, is there a way to go back and make corrections to prior months logs?

  • Brooklyn Leigh Corbett

    Hi! I am starting work in in-home mental health care and my company reimburses for mileage. However, I just learned that they do not tax this income…how do I handle this when it comes to my income taxes? I don’t want to end up having a huge bill come April because of untaxed income. Thank you!

  • Glen

    If I receive a vehicle allowance and a fuel card from my employer, can I still use the mileage deduction?

  • Javiel


    I own a trucking company. My father and I use our personal vehicles to do business errands. This counts as business miles correct? If so, if i purchase this app do i need to pay twice? one for me and one for my father?

    • nick Valenti

      you can add multiple vehicles to the app, you just have to select which one youre in before you start driving and it seperates them!

  • nick Valenti

    In 2015, I wrote off 100% of my vehicle purchase price of roughly $60,000 and the tax I paid for it. I have an LLC that is a transportation business so all I do is drive for my business. If I have already written off my vehicle as far as purchase price goes, what am I allowed to write off in 2016 regarding this same vehicle? I’m trying to decide whether it benefits me more to purchase another work vehicle before the year 2016 is over, considering I’m roughly $5000 upside down in my current.

  • Andy

    If I drive from my office to the bank for a night deposit then home is the total mileage deductible? Just the mileage to the bank? The Mileage to the bank round trip from the office?

  • Rob

    My work supplies a vehicle for employee use when needed for ‘out of town’ trips. I have been told that if I elect to not take this vehicle and instead take my own vehicle, that I cannot write off the mileage on my taxes. Is this correct?

  • John Wayne

    So I have home and primary workplace. That is commuting. As a golf instructor, if I leave the primary work place to go teach on the golf course, and then drive home from the golf course which is not my primary workplace, is that commuting or reimbursable.

    • John Wayne

      or am i suppose to deduct more normal days commute and then report the difference

  • John Wayne

    So I have home and primary workplace. That is commuting. As a golf
    instructor, if I leave the primary work place to go teach on the golf
    course, and then drive home from the golf course which is not my primary
    workplace, is that commuting or reimbursable, or am i suppose to deduct more normal days commute and then report the difference?

    • Marin

      Hi John, sorry for the delayed response and please consult a tax pro before making any decisions. With that said, your first drive from the home and last drive back are typically considered non-deductible commutes. There are exceptions for temporary work locations and if you have a tax deductible home office.

  • Joe

    I am a per diem employee Physical Therapist at 2 different hospital districts and 3 locations. Each location job is 1 to 3 weeks varying through the year as vacation fill in.
    Can I use the temporary Job for the deduction?

  • Ana

    i’m looking to use mileiq to track employee driving– how do i avoid them taking advantage of personal vs business? is this on the honor system?
    thank you!
    also– is there a business mileage “clause” example I can use in my contract?

  • Rommy Barrows Cole

    I am self employed and work for one individual for 80 % of my income. As I understand it my drive to her home and back is considered a commute. Is this correct? It is 20 miles each way so it adds up. I just want to be sure that since most of my business is done at that residence is it possible to consider my home office where I do other tasks and some minor paper work for my business as an allowable “office” and thereby be able to count that mileage as business?

  • Michele Schwedler Wilkerson

    So if I drive
    out of town and stay in a hotel for 2 weeks is all of the mileage (dinners, laundry, grocery store, etc) considered business miles since i am away from home?

  • @disqus_FwdjQHSWYQ:disqus if I travel to and from a non-profit charity 3x a week for service, do these miles count for tax deduction?

  • Tommy

    Will this work if i use my personal car for pizza delevery where my boss pays a mileage to me on top of tips

    • tbuzzer

      I aint no tax guy but this was answered earlier. You can only deduct the difference. If you get 40cents per mile from employer then you can only claim 13.4cents as a deduction.

  • Dan

    I’m a electrician and have no permanent place of employment. Jobs are never more then 6 months at a time, so would I be able to deduct millage expenses?

  • Sharon Sewah

    Can you put the deduction of 53.5 cents from dollars to stertling please. I think the app is great and will really show my manager that the mileage I actually do for community care are infact alot more that what is paid. We all get some care calls at the same time so if we could astral project ourselves we would. So this mileage app is a must for carer’s or and anyone working at several different address’ in one day. We can visit many individual’s throughout each day and work long shifs, so we need no worry about mileage, as its all taken care of. Thank you 😊

  • Amanda Hinchee

    I sometimes work two completely different jobs in the same day. Is it true that i can track the milege between two jobs?

  • Patrick

    If claiming the standard deduction, what type of documentation is required to send in with tax forms?

    • Marin Perez

      Hi there, this post should help you with what kind of documentation you need for a mileage log:

    • Marin

      Hey Patrick, sorry for the delayed response. As always, please check with a tax pro before making any tax-related decisions. With that said, most modern tax software allows you to choose the standard deduction without documentation. Taxpayers are allowed to choose this or the itemized deduction but not both.

  • Kyle Aragon

    I am getting a W2 job in construction and leaving my construction LLC dormant while I train in another field. Are my miles from my home office to the almost always temporary construction job sites and back to my home office deductible even if the work is not for my company but for my w2 employer?

    • Marin

      Kyle, sorry for the delayed response and as always, consult a tax pro before making any tax decisions. As a W2 employee, if you don’t receive a reimbursement or one that’s lower than the 53.5 cents per business mile of the Standard Mileage Rate, you can deduct those drives. However, don’t forget that as a W2 employee, you must meet the 2% AGI (adjusted gross income) threshold to get the deduction.

    • Marin Perez

      Kyle, your W2 miles could be deductible but only if the itemized deductions exceed 2% of your AGI. Please consult your tax pro before making any tax decisions.

  • Tess Anthony

    I work 3 days a week 13 hour shifts: from the actual work site I have to drive to the Main office to pick up supplies etc its 48 mile round trip & on Fridays I drive an additional 22 miles accompanying clients to physician appointments how do I track these miles how much detail is needed?

    • Marin Perez

      Hi there, here’s an article we’ve put together about what’s required from your mileage log:

    • Marin

      Tess, sorry about the delayed response and please consult a tax pro before making any tax filings. With that said, it would also depend on your worker status. If you’re 1099, those trips to pick up supplies and the appointments should be deductible. If you’re a W2 worker, you may deduct those drives but you’d have to itemize your deductions and it would have to exceed 2% of your AGI.

  • Yuliya “Jewel123” Chernish

    Hi. My husband is owner operator and we have a home office that we deduct on taxes. I know that the miles I drive him to the truck are not deductible because it’s his place of work, but would the home office make a difference. The article stated that, “One way to avoid the harsh commuting rule is to have a home office that qualifies as your principal place of business. In this event, you can take a mileage deduction for any trips you make from your home office to another business location.” Thank you.

    • Marin

      Hello there, sorry about the delayed response and please consult a tax pro before making any tax-related decisions. With that said, as long as your home office is a legitimate, tax-deductible one for you, those miles should be deductible.

    • Marin Perez

      Please check with a tax pro before making any tax decisions. With that said, a tax-deductible home office should enable you to deduct the mileage to and from your home for work reasons for this business. The reason for this is that you’re technically driving between different offices, which is always deductible. Here’s some more information:

  • Colton Akridge

    I teach music lessons at my students’ homes and am employed by a company. I am assuming travel between student’s homes is deductible but what about the drive to that first house of the the evening and the return trip home. There is no office that I ever go to.

    • Marin

      Hi Colton, I’d ask a tax professional because your situation is somewhat complicated and it’s always best to ask the pros before making any tax decisions. With that said, your mileage appears to be deductible (even from your home) if it’s to temporary work locations (places you reasonably expect to work at for fewer than 2 years). But, if you’re a W2 employee, you can only deduct mileage and other miscellaneous deductions if i exceeds 2% of your AGI. As mentioned, it can be a bit complicated so please let us know if you need help finding a tax pro near you.

  • Amber

    If I volunteer for a non-profit organization driving clients to their appointments and I get reimbursed, do I have to claim that on my taxes even though it is a reimbursement? The IRS is stating that anyone can volunteer and receive up to $600 a year in reimbursement before they have to claim the rest on their taxes. Is that true?

    • Marin Perez

      Hi Amber, sorry about the delayed response. I’m not quite sure of the answer and will pose it to our Tax Expert. With that said, my best guess would be that if the reimbursement is for more than the standard mileage rate for charity, you cannot deduct the mileage. Of course, please consult a tax pro before you make any tax decisions.

    • Marin

      Hi Amber, sorry for the delayed response. I’ll pose this question to our Tax Expert and see what he says.

      • Amber

        This issue has become a big problem with Volunteers in Minnesota since the IRS says it’s mileage reimbursement but want to tax us for anything over $.14 per mile. No one will want to volunteer anymore when they find this out. It seems as thought the government is wanting to penalize those willing to help others within their community and trying to make a difference.

  • Marin

    Sorry about that. We changed a bit of the formatting and updated the text.

  • disqus_p6hrymY1ME

    I own my own business, but also have a full time job. If I go directly from work to pick up supplies, then drive straight home, can I claim all of that mileage? If not, how much of it can I claim?

    • Marin Perez

      Hi there, sorry for the delayed response. Please consult your tax pro before making any tax decisions. With that said, you should be able to claim the drive from one office (your W2 job) to the supply store but the ride home is most likely going to be considered commuting. Here’s some more information:


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