I have a question regarding commuting costs. I have to drive to and from work each day and would like to deduct my commuting expenses from my taxes. Is this allowed?
Unfortunately, commuting costs are not tax deductible. Commuting expenses incurred between your home and your main place of work, no matter how far are not an allowable deduction.
Costs of driving a car from home to work and back again are personal commuting expenses. This is also true for fares you pay to ride any of the following to and from work:
You can deduct daily transport expenses when you travel between your home and a temporary work location. A temporary work location is one that’s expected to (and does) last for one year or less. Usually this must be outside the metropolitan area where you live and normally work.
You can deduct the expenses for going between your home and a temporary work location if:
- You have one or more regular work locations away from your home.
- The work is in the same trade or business as your permanent work, regardless of the distance.
If your home is your main place of business, you can deduct transportation expenses you incur. The expenses must be for going from your home to another work location in the same trade or business.
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