Question

My personal vehicle use for work is required by my employer but I’m not reimbursed for my mileage to and from work. Can I deduct this mileage? And if not, what mileage can I deduct?

Answer

Driving to and from work is called commuting. Commuting expenses which include the accrued mileage to and from work originating from your home is not deductible.

However, if your personal vehicle use for work is required you can deduct the travel expenses or mileage if any of these is true:

  • You incur expenses going from your home to a temporary workplace outside the area where you live and normally work. You can’t deduct the expenses if your workplace is in the same area as your home. However, there might be an exception if either of the next two situations applies to you.
  • You have at least one regular work location away from your residence. If it’s the same trade or business, you can deduct expenses for travel between your home and a temporary workplace. The distance between the two doesn’t matter.
  • If your home is your principal place of business, you can deduct expenses you incur going from your home to another workplace. They must have the same trade or business. This is true regardless of these:
    • Whether the other work location is regular or temporary
    • The distance between the two

 

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