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I have a question about claiming business mileage on my tax return. I am required to drive my car for my job. How do I claim mileage on my tax return?

There are two methods you can use when claiming business mileage on you tax return. You may want to calculate both methods to determine which is best for you.

The mileage deduction rules state that you can deduct any mileage from your main place of employment to another workplace or to visit clients or customers. You cannot deduct your commuter mileage. Commuter mileage is the mileage you drive to your job from your home and back again. Below are some rules regarding mileage deductions:

  • If your employer reimburses you in full (based on the IRS standard rate per mile), you can’t deduct the mileage.
  • If your employer reimburses you at less than the IRS standard rate, you can deduct the difference. Subtract what you were reimbursed from the amount you’d receive using the IRS rate, and deduct the difference.

Use one of these mileage deduction methods to figure your deductible expenses:

  • Standard mileage rate -- $0.54 per mile in 2016
  • Actual vehicle expenses

Report these expenses on Form 2106.

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