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Business Mileage for Tax Deductions

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Keeping Track of Business Mileage for IRS Tax Deductions

The IRS lets you deduct mileage expenses from your taxable income if you drive for your work. Mileage is an itemized deduction, and one of the most important deductions for those who drive for a living. Many freelance delivery drivers and self-employed full-time drivers use the business mileage deduction to lower their income. For you to take advantage of it, the IRS requires you to track your business mileage. Tracking business mileage can be tricky, especially if you just started as a delivery driver. But with companies like Uber and DoorDash, it's easier than ever to become a delivery driver, working as a self-employed individual, freelancer or 1099 contractor. Key highlight:
  • You have to track your business mileage to get an accurate tax deduction
  • The IRS issues a mileage rate every year for the actual deduction method
  • There are IRS penalties for inaccurate mileage reporting

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What’s the difference between commuting and business mileage?...Read more

How can I track mileage?...Read more

IRS 2022 Mileage Rates...Read more

What are IRS accuracy-related penalties?...Read more

What’s the difference between commuting and business mileage?

It’s a common misunderstanding to count your commute mileage as a business deduction. A lot of freelancers, especially in the creator economy, rent space in a co-working facility for work, but the commute to this workplace from your home can’t be deducted from your taxable income. In contrast, business mileage is the amount of distance a person travels to different locations for work. This can be mileage for trips to client locations for work-related purposes, trips to deliver products or to different job sites, if you are working as a self-employed plumber, for example.

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How can I track mileage?

Once you get the basics down, tracking business mileage is a piece of cake. Here's what to keep in mind:

Quick tip

Use a tool like this car mileage and tax calculator from FlyFin to accurately calculate your tax deduction.

Mileage logbook

What to record in a mileage logbook

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IRS 2022 Mileage Rates

Every year, the IRS issues a new standard mileage deduction rate, and in 2022 it was bumped up to 58.5 cents per mile.
IRS 2022 Mileage Rates
Based on the IRS rate, you can calculate your mileage expenses. The more you drive for business, the higher your costs get, which lets you take a larger deduction from your taxable income. For example, if a self-employed delivery driver travels 30,000 miles a year, they can write off $17,550. You simply multiply the number of miles with the business mileage rate 2022 to get the exact amount. In this case it's 30,000 X 58.5 cents/mile. You can include this other itemized business deductions. This is where you can use FlyFin to never miss a single deduction and get expert CPA support to guarantee a 100%-accurate tax filing at a fraction of the cost. FlyFin also tracks all your other business expenses automatically using A.I. to find every possible tax deduction. These deductions can be vehicle-related expenses, maintenance costs, parking fees and vehicle depreciation for delivery drivers. Be sure to track your miles for taxes accurately. If you overestimate your mileage deductions, you might be on the hook for accuracy-related penalties that the IRS might ask you to pay.

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What’s FlyFin?

FlyFin is the #1 A.I.-powered tax app for freelancers, gig workers, independent contractors and sole proprietors. FlyFin tracks all your business expenses automatically using A.I. to find every possible tax deduction. Then, our CPA team files a guaranteed 100% accurate tax return for you – to save you a couple of thousand dollars and a ton of time on your taxes. Download the FlyFin app and have your taxes filed in less than fifteen minutes, saving more money on your taxes than last year, guaranteed.
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