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You can deduct the miles to and from the dr. So if the drive to the dr. is 10 miles. Then on the way home you went somewhere making the return trip 15 miles, you can still deduct the 10 mile return trip. You just can't deduct the additional 5 miles for the side trip.

Then I misunderstood. I was thinking in terms of not being able to deduct the costs of a volunteer trip overseas if you have too much fun while you're there. Analogously you wouldn't be able to deduct the total miles for a doc trip if while on it you did something not doc-related. I guess it's not a good analogy.

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