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I've been searching the boards (and the IRS documents) for an answer to this question, but haven't come up with anything yet.

1. I do a great deal of charity work and I know that my miles are deductible, but exactly *what* are the criteria for that. For example, yesterday, I went to one of the 501C3's I work for for a meeting; on the way home I swung by Home Depot. What part of that trip can I deduct? Any of it? All of it? Just the distance between my house and the c3? (ie round trip).

With my tax situation and the work I do, this adds up to quite a bit of money, so I want to be able to take advantage of this. (although, I realize quite is a relative term).

2. How do people go about keeping track of their mileage? I have a notebook in the car that I write down the miles (start and end), date, purpose, but this gets messy and drives me crazy. Plus, I haven't totally trained myself to write everything down, and so I'll forget. (I'm an out of sight/ out of mind kinda person.)

Thanks in advance


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