I was filing out my tax forms and came across an area where I was asked: "Did you incur auto expenses for your job." It then stated: "for example, standard mileage rate deductions, gas, oil, repairs, depreciation, lease payments, etc."I just work at a regular old office job, so I suppose I could take a bus or bike to work if I wanted. Anyway, my question is, can I deduct these expenses?
No you can't. If you were a salesman and were not reimbursed for expenses, you could. Or if your regular place of work were A and you had to go to B from A to do some task (I don't think going straight from home to B works here), you could, on the expense of going from A to B although not on the expense of going from home to A. But otherwise, no. This is mentioned very briefly on Page A-5 of your 1040 Instructions, with a reference to Publication 529.
Commuting is not deductible. If you work in one location, and your daily itinerary is from home to work and back home (maybe stopping at supermarket) you can't deduct anything. If your employment requires that you work in more than one location on the same day, the miles between the two locations are deductible. So if your company has two offices and you work in one location in the morning, and the other in the afternoon, the difference between is deductible. Best wishes, Chris
If you operated a home business, could you then deduct travel to your day job?Roy
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