If you are required to use your personal vehicle for work, can you claim gas on taxes or do you just use the standard mileage deduction?


Yes, you can claim gas on taxes as a deductible business expense. However, you must keep adequate records that show the following:

  • Cost of expense
  • Date you used car
  • Business destination
  • Business purpose for expense

Receipts are usually the most accurate way to prove a valid expense. If you don’t have complete records to prove an expense, you must prove it with:

  • Your own written or oral statement containing specific information
  • Other supporting evidence, like written statements or oral testimony from a third party

However, you might be able to take the standard mileage deduction for business-related miles. If you do, keep the following records for each trip:

  • Date
  • Destination
  • Business purpose
  • Starting and ending odometer readings
  • Total mileage for each business trip

If you choose to use the standard mileage deduction, you can also deduct business-related parking fees and tolls.

Related Topics

Related Resources

Can I include the sales tax in the price of an item I’m claiming for a deduction?

Can you include the sales tax in the price of an item your claiming for a deduction? Learn more from the tax experts at H&R Block.

I have a question about deducting medical premiums. Can I deduct medical premiums associated with Medicare on my tax r

Learn if you can deduct Medicare premiums with advice from the tax experts at H&R Block.

What School Expenses Are Tax Deductible?

Headed back to college and wondering what school expenses are tax deductible? We'll tell you here...

I have a question about claiming charitable contributions. I’m a college student and my parents’ dependent. Can I clai

Is claiming charitable contributions possible if you're a dependent? Learn more from the tax experts at H&R Block.