There are many deductible tax write-offs that a self-employed individual can take advantage of to lower their taxes. One of them is mileage tax deductions for your driving expenses.
In this article, we’ll help you better understand how mileage tax deductions work and how much money you can save from claiming them.
What is a mileage tax deduction?
The mileage tax deduction is what you can claim on your tax return if you use a vehicle for business purposes and meet specific criteria.
Mileage can be written off in whole or in part. You can deduct 100% of your mileage on your tax return if you have a dedicated car that you solely use for work. If you have a personal vehicle that you occasionally use for business, you can only deduct the miles you drive while working. However, it’s important to remember that the miles driven between your home and workplace don’t count as business mileage.
Who is eligible for mileage tax deduction?
Employees used to be able to claim a tax deduction for mileage and other expenditures not reimbursed by their employers. However, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) of 2017 repealed the deduction for employee business costs and changed the mileage deduction regulations, making it impossible for most employees to deduct mileage and other unreimbursed expenses.
So who is eligible for mileage tax deductions now? Here is your answer:
- Small business owners.
- Self-employed taxpayers who file Schedule C or Schedule F.
- Other self-employed workers including independent contractors, e.g., drivers for rideshare services.
- Qualified performing artists, reservists in the armed forces, and fee-based government officials.
- Individuals traveling for volunteer work or medical appointments.
How to deduct a mileage deduction
Depending on your circumstances, you can deduct mileage from your taxes in different ways.
For example, you can’t claim mileage as a medical or charitable expense the same way as a business expense. You will need to use different forms, and the amounts you can deduct per mile will vary.
To claim a mileage deduction, you can opt for one of the following methods:
1. The standard mileage rate
To know how much you can deduct with this method, simply multiply your business miles by the IRS’s mileage rate.
The standard mileage rate writes off a certain amount for every mile you drive for business purposes. For the 2022 tax year, you can deduct $0.585 per mile driven (up from $0.56 in 2021).
2. The actual expense method
Rather than getting a fixed fee for the miles traveled, this method allows you to deduct the expenses of using a vehicle for business purposes. They may include:
- License fees
- Registration fees
- Vehicle depreciation
The actual expense method may necessitate more documentation, but it can result in a bigger deduction than the standard mileage rate.
You should calculate your mileage tax deductions with both methods to find out the one that benefits you the most.
How Shoeboxed can help you stay on top of your mileage tax deductions
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