Protecting Your Mileage Deduction
If you are going to claim a deduction for mileage, you must keep track of the number of miles you drive for business. Most people don’t do this and try to figure it out at the end of the year. This is not a good idea. It’s inaccurate and ineffective. Please keep track of your mileage on a regular basis. Daily is best, but you will probably be ok if you do it weekly.
EASIEST WAY: Get a phone app that records the miles you drive and gives you a report at the end of the year. (There are many available.)
I recommend “Track My Trip”. All you do is tap at the start of your trip & tap when you return. You will also need to type in your business purpose.
OLD FASHIONED WAY: Either use pen & paper, or an Excel spreadsheet is ideal because it will calculate your results for you.
- Where You Went
- Who You met With, If anyone or business purpose of the trip
- Number of miles traveled