Can any individual who use their personal car to drive to and from work deduct that mileage for taxes? If so, which tax form is used?
I use a personal vehicle to travel approximately 20 miles a day (round-trip) to my office location. Would this qualify me to deduct those miles on my tax forms for 2015? I have kept a spreadsheet with the odometer readings and the dates on which I drove for work purposes? Some of the miles were reimbursed when I was driving for work during business hours. Is this possible for me to do? What other information would I need to provide to be able to deduct these on my 2015 tax forms?… show moreshow less
Commuting miles are not deductible on your tax return unless you are self employed. However, if you go to more than 1 job site and are not reimbursed mileage from your employer, you CAN deduct the mileage between the 1st job site and the 2nd and so on. This deduction is claimed on the schedule A and is subject to 2% of your adjusted gross income. So if you are not claiming mortgage interest and other deductions on the schedule A, you may not have enough in itemized deductions to be more than your standard deduction. In which case you wouldclaim the mileage.
Commuting from home to work and back is not tax-deductible. Business use of your car for which you've received reimbursement is also not deductible. Other use of your car which satisfies a business purpose as defined by the IRS is deductible if you maintain records (date, odometer reading before/after, total business miles driven, description of trip reason).
The simple answer your question is no. Those individuals who work for a business on a full-time/part time basis cannot deduct the mileage to and from work. As evidenced by your employer's ability to reimburse you for mileage while traveling on company business, the income you receive is nontaxable as a reimbursement and deductible to your employer and not to you. Those individuals who are self-employed or own their own business and travel to meet with their clients and work from a particular office or their home office may deduct their mileage and/or actual out-of-pocket expenses, whichever works best for them. However, an employee cannot deduct this mileage expense. Hope this helps and I would suggest looking for other tax deductions where they may be appropriate. Good luck
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