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Arun
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      01-23-2006, 07:52 AM
I drive 60 miles one way to work. Are my expenses tax
deductible ?? Is there any way I can claim my expenses on
Gas as tax deductible.

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      01-24-2006, 04:00 AM
"Arun" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> I drive 60 miles one way to work. Are my expenses tax
> deductible ??


No. Commuting expenses are not deductible.

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      01-24-2006, 04:00 AM
"Arun" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote
> I drive 60 miles one way to work. Are
> my expenses tax deductible ??


Nope. Travel costs from your home to your regular place of
employment are not deductible.

> Is there any way I can claim my expenses on
> Gas as tax deductible.


Possibly. Driving from job #1 to job #2 is an itemized
deduction (Schedule A, subject to a 2% of AGI floor).

Find a job #2 close to home, in the same line of work, and
maybe you have something.

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      01-24-2006, 04:40 AM
"Arun" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> I drive 60 miles one way to work. Are my expenses tax
> deductible ?? Is there any way I can claim my expenses on
> Gas as tax deductible.


Commuting expenses are not deductibla.

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      01-24-2006, 04:40 AM
You didn't state the specifics, but if you are commuting 60
miles one way, from home to office, it's still probably not
a deductible expense.

Check www.irs.gov for further information.

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      01-24-2006, 04:40 AM
"Arun" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

> I drive 60 miles one way to work. Are my expenses tax
> deductible ?? Is there any way I can claim my expenses on
> Gas as tax deductible.


All commuting is considered as a non-deductible personal
expense, regardless of the distance or cost.

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      01-24-2006, 05:00 AM
Arun wrote:

> I drive 60 miles one way to work. Are my expenses tax
> deductible ?? Is there any way I can claim my expenses on
> Gas as tax deductible.


No, commuting is not a deductible expense.
Car pool or move closer to work, if you want to reduce your
expense.

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      01-24-2006, 05:21 AM
No. We all drive to and from work and none of us is allowed
to expense our transporation costs whether it's 1 mile or
60. Once you are at work and you drive from one sales call
to another than those miles can be expensed.

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      01-24-2006, 11:05 PM
> I drive 60 miles one way to work. Are my expenses tax
> deductible?? Is there any way I can claim my expenses on
> Gas as tax deductible.


It depends on your occupation. I was told of a situation
where a medical doctor would stop at a clinic near his home
for administrative work (he was a part owner). He then
went to the hospital and or his office. On his way home, he
would again stop at the clinic sometimes to review records
of the day and sometimes to see patients. His meticulous
recordkeeping came in handy at the audit. His position was
upheld.

On the other hand, a self-employed IT consultant who stopped
at the Post Office every morning to check his mail and
again in the evening to deposit his outgoing mail got a rude
awakening at his audit.

Consider moving closer to work.

Dick

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      01-24-2006, 11:05 PM
> I drive 60 miles one way to work. Are my expenses tax
> deductible ?? Is there any way I can claim my expenses on
> Gas as tax deductible.


You're pretty much out of luck. Commuting expenses are not
deductible.

Now, I have a question that has always been in the back of
my mind....

I know that mileage between two jobs is deductible. Is
there anything that prohibits the mileage deduction when
your second job is near your home?

e.g.: Your first job is 30 miles from your home. You get a
second job down the street from your home. Immediately
after your first job you head directly to your second job.
Mileage from home to first job is not deductible since it is
commuting. However, mileage from first job to second job is
deductible. In essence, you are able to deduct 1/2 of your
commuting mileage because you have a second job near your
home.

Is there any flaw in this reasoning? I know I probably have
to drive a bazillion miles just to exceed the 2% floor, but
I'm just curious.

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