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Ask the Tax Expert: Can I Deduct My First Drive When the Office Is Closed?

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Ask the Tax Expert: Can I Deduct My First Drive When the Office Is Closed?

Each week, our resident small business tax expert, Stephen Fishman, answers your small business tax questions. Have a tax question for Stephen? Submit it here.

Question: I am an independent contractor architect. I have an office set up in my house where I check email each morning, and work on an occasional project. Virtually every workday, I drive to the office of my “client.” Can I deduct this mileage, or is it considered commuting? My client is a long term client that I have worked with for 6-7 years. Our working relationship may blur the lines between an independent contractor and an employee relationship.

Ask the Tax Expert: What if I Stop for Business During My Commute?

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Ask the Tax Expert: What if I Stop for Business During My Commute?

Each week, our resident small business tax expert, Stephen Fishman, answers your small business tax questions. Have a tax question for Stephen? Submit it here.

Question: If I drive my personal car from my home to an appointment with a client and then to the office, what part of that drive is eligible for the standard mileage rate? My employer says that the total miles of the trip should be added and then the usual commute miles from home to office should be deducted from the trip total. I disagree because the miles are being driven for the purpose of the appointment and are therefore not a commute.

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