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So it’s important for you to get the most out of the tax deduction by tracking your mileage. The IRS lets you deduct some of the costs of using a personal vehicle for business purposes. Just like you can deduct the cost of business expenses such as marketing, you can also deduct your business mileage.
Beginning January 1, 2019, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be: 58 cents per mile for business miles driven, up from 54.5 cents for 2018. 20 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, up from 18 cents for 2018.
Normal commuting from your home to your regular workplace and back is not deductible. You may deduct business mileage only if you are traveling to and from a temporary work location, from one work location to another, to meet with a client, to a conference, etc.
Yes, you can deduct the mileage. As an independent contractor (received a 1099-MISC) you are considered self employed by the IRS. … You can deduct the miles driven for business. The other option is claiming all your actual expenses such as gas, tires, interest, etc.
I live in the Metro-Atlanta area and on average the round trip to a job is about 40 to 100 miles. That means on average I write off my taxes $23.20 to $58.
You can just use a notepad and write down all your mileage, your fill-ups, repairs and auto expenses and then at the end of the year spend some time adding up things into those categories that you want to use for deductions on your taxes.
I have found after doing this for more than 35 years that having an APP is so much easier.
I like that this app can be customized. TripLog has three auto start options and also a manual start for each trip.
You can use your phone’s GPS with the app to track your trips.
They even created a device you plug into the car’s USB which will pair with the phone so that you are not using data to track your trips.
Here is the video of how that works:
I use my one account on both of our vehicles. My wife tracks her mileage with her Toyota Camry and I track the Toyota Sienna.
Keeping a mileage log
The IRS tends to be strict in its documentation requirements for business mileage deductions. For this reason, you’ll need to keep a thorough, accurate mileage log each year you attempt to claim a deduction.
Your mileage log must include the starting mileage on your vehicle’s odometer at the beginning of the year and its ending mileage at the conclusion of the year. Each time you use your vehicle for business purposes, you must record the following information:
- The date of your trip
- Your starting point
- Your destination
- The purpose of your trip
- Your vehicle’s starting mileage
- Your vehicle’s ending mileage
- Tolls or other trip-related costs
You can keep a mileage log in a notebook and update it by hand, or use a spreadsheet to continuously track your mileage. You can also use a mileage-tracking app. The key is to update your records regularly to ensure that they’re precise. Additionally, the IRS requires you to keep your mileage log for three years from the date on which you file the income tax return containing your deduction.
I just recommend using an App to help you capture the data you need for reporting purposes.