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Can I claim mileage or gas expenses for traveling to and from my college?

Not unless it's a work-related expense you can claim as a business deduction. Your education is work-related if either of these applies:

  • It’s required by your employer or the law to keep your present salary, status, or job.
  • It either:
    • Serves a bona fide business purpose of your employer
    • Maintains or improves skills needed in your present work

However, even if the education meets one or both of the above tests, it's not qualifying work-related education if either of these applies:

  • You need it to meet the minimum educational requirements of your present trade or business.
  • It’s part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business.

If your education qualifies, you can deduct local transportation costs of going directly from work to school. If you’re regularly employed and go to school on a temporary basis, you can also deduct the costs of returning from school to home.

 

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