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In that example, I would imagine that only the additional miles between the dentist and movies are deductible. Home - dentist is 10 miles, home - movies are 6 miles, and therefor only the 4 miles between the movies and dentist would be deductible.

Gotcha. To deduct the entire 20 miles, you should go straight to the dentist and then straight home. If you want to deduct the whole thing and go to the movies as well, you should go home, turn around, then go to the movies. I guess the best decision would depend on how far everything was and what kind of mileage your car gets.

Have you ever experienced an audit where the taxpayer is asked if he is sure he went straight home from the doctor's office without stopping to pick up a loaf of bread?

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