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My job requires me to have a car to run errands. Can I deduct mileage for commuting to & from work since the car is required to keep my job?

I am a housekeeper and personal assistant

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Yes, write down your mileage and save your gas receipts. You can get a deduction on taxes and what not.

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Ask a CPA.

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Yes. Save gas reciepts and you can use it on taxes also.

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The costs of driving to and from work are not deductible. Neither are gas costs. Driving costs are deductible for miles driven at the IRS rate, which for 2012 was $0.55 a mile.
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I got money back from all of my gas reciepts for work because i drive 15 miles to work!
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HOpe the IRS doesn't catch you, what you did is illegal.
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Absolutely and more. Consult an accountant, it will save you many $$$

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Not to and from work, but any miles you use it for work, and you can also amortize the value of the vehicle

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Yeah, I knew I couldn't deduct for commuting to and from work ... but I was wondering if I could deduct those commuter miles (to and from work) simply because I am actually REQUIRED to have a car with me at work? Like, I can't ride the bus, because boss requires that I have a car to run errands. See what I mean? So in this case, I wonder if the commuter miles ARE applicable?
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No, they are not.
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Nope, Govt. is really sticky about that
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Yes, you can claim mileage for your vehicle. You must keep all your gas receipts, even regular and typical maintenance on your car. You will have to determine the portion you would use your car for work in comparison to what you would use your car for personal use. Keep very detailed records (including keeping track of your odometer mileage) just in case you are ever asked to explain how you figured it all out.

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Only twotontony has the correct answer. Mileage to and from work is NOT deductible as a business expense. Only those miles you drive in performing your work (and which the employer does not reimburse you for) are deductible business expenses. BIkergirl explains that records should be kept of the miles driven for work purposes vs. all other miles. However, you don't need to add up you gas and maintenance costs - use the standard IRS rate of $0.55 per mile instead.

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Driving to and from work is not deductible, however the driving you do in the course of your day may be reimbursable. Your first option would be to see if your company pays mileage, however if you are self-employed, then you would need to track your mileage so that you will have it handy when you file your taxes. Save any repair receipts as well, as a portion of that may be deductible as well.

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