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TaxesSuck

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Claiming gas for income tax?

I drive 60 miles to work. Can I claim the gas money i spend on my taxes?



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Not unless it is volunteer work.



DSL987

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reply to TaxesSuck

You can only write off mileage accumulated while travelling on company business, but travelling TO work does not count.



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Nope. Everyone has to pay for gas to get to and from work, so you cannot claim it. However, should you have the need to travel while working (ie. going to meet a client), then you can claim that. But the gas to and from work - nope.
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Unless you're a statutory employee, the answers above are correct.
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If you have a side business, you can claim mileage.

Keep Mileage for trips to:
Customers
Vendors
Office supply stores
Shipping centers
Any store purchasing any related supplies
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120 miles R/T? about 5-6 gal a day depending on car and type of road....

$12.50-18 per day (gas is going up, and fer sure will never be under $2 again), 60-90 week?, 240-280 per month. 3000+ a year

Seems like it might be better to move closer, buy a Civic (your Gas costs are like a car payment by themselves), or even switch jobs if possible (give yourself a raise even if it is the same money, say, 1000 for gas and 2000 in you pocket, and that's net!).
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reply to TaxesSuck

You can claim gas,

but only if it was so bad, you had to see a doctor about it (medical deductions).



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If you are self employed and you commute to a client site on a regular basis you can write off the mileage. If you are a W2 employee only, then you cannot write off the mileage for daily commuting. If your employer requires you to travel and does not reimburse you for mileage I believe you can write off the mileage.

Consult your tax accountant. YMMV!!
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Jtmo
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reply to TaxesSuck

said by TaxesSuck :

I drive 60 miles to work. Can I claim the gas money i spend on my taxes?
I suggest you NOT do your own taxes.

jdir

join:2001-05-04
Santa Clara, CA
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I believe you can claim gas money if you drive into work and listen to your boss or voicemail while driving to work or if your client is calling you.

Boy, I hate to see your gas bill



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That is one heck of a commute. Move or quit and have a certified tax agent do your taxes. That's my advice.
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Rofl, mine is 65 miles round trip. Thankfully, mine is only a temporary one, and won't be when I move in June



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Only if you are self-employed.



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reply to Omega

I used to drive 108 miles 1-way (216 round trip) for about 2.5 years (5 days a week). I was also saddened when that question popped in my mind, but already knew the answer...



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If he gets a new car, he'll have to pay property taxes on it and that could top $1,000/year, depending on what town/state he lives in.

I commute up to 180 miles one-way, depending on which client I'm working for that day. I'm getting tired of driving and inane speed limits. Time for a business I can do from home and sell the truck.
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The question was can You. Yes You can if you like, now will you get away with it; not likely.

The more appropriate question should have been, is it legal to write off non-business related fuel expenses? Then you can refer to the follow-up responses; NO.



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You can not claim it if it is your normal commute. However, if you go to a client site that is more then your normal commute you can claim that additional mileage. Example: Your normal commute is 120 miles round trip, but because of client work you actually travel 150 miles that day. You can claim that extra 30 miles. This is true if you work for a company and work from you home as well. That is, just because you normally work from home, not all driving gets written off because you have 0 commute. The 60 miles to the office still applies.

I would agree with the poster above that said to get a different job. I have a hard time believing any job is worth at least a 2 hour round trip drive and the cost of that commute.



nolancj

join:2002-06-30
Long Beach, CA
reply to TaxesSuck

Points raised regarding regular place of work are correct. One additional point, most companies will reimburse you for mileage at govt rate, right now I think it's about .445/mile. Anyway, when you file, you can take difference of that to actuals. For example, I'm in sales and drive a LOT (SoCal) to clients. I have a car that I use about 90% for work. Company pays mileage, but car + insurance + gas + lease (or depreciation) are more than .445/mile, so I can take difference of actuals - reimbursed amount as a deduction.

But remember, these are only good if you itemize.


bbscript

join:2004-11-09
Waynesboro, PA
reply to TaxesSuck

nice thing for me is i get paid for my mileage 1 way to work 200 miles 32 cents a mile. 5d a week. now u do the math. really is worth it in a way 64.00 in gas goes a long way for me.



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Get involved in the Fair Tax and then you don't have to worry about it.

The only downside in your case is that you would pay more tax on gas... hmm, we already pay more tax on gas don't we .

Sorry man. I do like the suggestion about getting a more fuel efficient car. I work with a guy that drives 45 minutes to an hour each way and he drives an SUV. He doesn't want to do it but the gas savings in a lighter car would be worth it.
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kruser
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reply to TaxesSuck

So actually they are charging us twice for gas?

People that do not drive but work pay a small percentage for gas via taxes correct?
Now you have the guy/gal who does drive and of course pays taxes from income plus he has to pay big taxes on each gallon of fuel that he/she purchases.

Don't take me wrong as I do support keeping our nations Interstate Highways in top shape but should the non driver have to pay?
Maybe I'm wrong and someone correct me but what percentage of your federal income tax goes to the highway (interstate)fund?
Is a table available that shows an accurate breakdown of your tax dollar?


kaos6565656

join:2005-12-11
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No , Its called a Gas Tax.


kaos6565656

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Its funny you can't claim gas but you can claim expenses on a huge SUV? LOL


kruser
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said by kaos6565656:

Its funny you can't claim gas but you can claim expenses on a huge SUV? LOL
You replying to me?

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WOW, "Should I.... have been paying for the use of jet all that time"

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kruser
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said by kaos6565656:

Its funny you can't claim gas but you can claim expenses on a huge SUV? LOL
I've driven 8 cylinder cars all my life.
And yep, all of them were gas guzzlers with exception below.
I don't intend on pissing off the "little" guy in his efficient NOT made in the USA car but it seems as though I do if I drive a Ford SUV.
I've owned and operated a many makes of vehicles.
The Italian models such as my Lancia was a good car.
My worst which I said above I'd tell you about was my Volkswagen Diesel Dasher. This diesel dasher would average about 45 mpg but it was the slowest damn thing I've ever driven!
Plus, diesel fuel was hard to come by in the days!

Now I'm back to full size American made (Ford,GMC) SUV's.
Only way to go.


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I really hate SUV's..

I am a truck person.. and yes there is nothing like the V8 power... V6 is bearable though.
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I drive about 30 more miles than the OP but only have to spend around $40 a week in gas. My secret you wonder? I drive a Ford Escort to work and leave my Taurus parked but drive it outside of work. Used cars can be had for a cheap price these days plus it helps reduce alot of the wear and tear on my nice car.


kruser
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reply to Vamp

I don't know; I've had a full size bronco since before the SUV term was created!
Some call the Bronco a SUV and many call it a truck with a lid and then you have those that call it a Bronco!
It was made in 1983 so definitely NOT an SUV in my book!
Heck, I don't even think they had minivans back then did they?
I know people get pissed because they can't see through the thing.

Is a Chevy Suburban considered an SUV these days?
I had one 3 years ago with a 454 in it and it was fast as sh-t but it did suck gas big time.
The tank was huge and I remember that a high percentage went to taxes each time I filled it up.
Now they have stickers with a pic of a highway patrolman and the fact that if you do not pay and get caught that you will loose your license!
8 cylinder all the way!