Tac Deduction ?? - 60 miles Drive to Work

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  1. Arun

    Arun Guest

    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.

    Thanks,

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    Phil Marti Guest

    "Arun" <> wrote:

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


    No. Commuting expenses are not deductible.

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  3. "Arun" <> 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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  4. "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.


    Commuting expenses are not deductibla.

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    Bruce Raskin, CPA, Jan 24, 2006
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    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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    Gary Goodman Guest

    "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.


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

    Gary

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    Herb Smith Guest

    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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    Herb Smith, Jan 24, 2006
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  8. 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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    Dick Adams Guest

    > 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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    JMc Guest

    > 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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    Bob Sandler Guest

    > 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. No matter how far it is, it's still commuting. And
    commuting (home to work, and back) is not deductible.

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    L K Williams Guest

    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.


    I once read an article about a pilot - a captain for
    Northwest - who lived on an island outside Seattle. He flew
    out of Minneapolis. So, when he had to fly, he took a boat
    from his home to Seattle, drove to the airport, took a
    flight from there to Minneapolis. When he finished his
    route(s), he reversed the course. Because he was a senior
    captain, he only had to fly a few days a month, so a commute
    of such distance was not too bad. Nevertheless, he was
    commuting and got no deduction for any of the expenses.

    Lanny K. Williams, CPA
    Nawarat, Williams & Co., Ltd.
    Income Tax Services for Expatriate Americans

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    Rick Merrill Guest

    >> 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.


    I seem to recall that it is dauntingly logical: you can only
    deduct the excess over your round-trip commute.

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    Rick Merrill, Jan 25, 2006
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