Discussion:Commuting Expenses

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Mniebruegge (talk|edits) said:

30 March 2006
I have had two clients, in two days, say they heard that a commute over 25 miles one way makes the commuting miles deductable. Publication 463 states you can not deduct commuting mileage no matter how far. Has something changed to all a deduction for long commutes? If so please provide a link or code section for my records. Thanks.

Chris2lane (talk|edits) said:

30 March 2006
I think that is wishful thinking. If this was the case, then everybody would be claiming that their commute to work is 25 miles.

Dclearyea (talk|edits) said:

31 March 2006
Not that I'm aware. Commuting miles can be deductible if the client has a temporary job site and the job is outside the taxpayers' metropolitan area. Also, commuting expenses between home and another work location are deductible.

Waynecpa (talk|edits) said:

29 January 2007
Just had a client tell me that he has been told (by his company accountant) his commuting would be deductible! His reasoning was that he was retrained (through a worker's compensation claim) and that there is no work in his field locally - therefore he has to drive 60 miles each way to his (permanent) work location. Anyone have ideas on what rules would allow this? Personally, I don't think it is going to fly.

Death&Taxes (talk|edits) said:

29 January 2007
Read the rules about a temporary job with a definite ending date of less than one year. He might if that were the case, but Wayne's does not sound like that. I think they are in Publication 463 If I were seeing a lot of clients in person, I think I would keep that pub in my desk.

IntlTax (talk|edits) said:

30 January 2007
If you do NOT have a "regular" work location, travel to a work location outside your metropolitan area is deductible. Perhaps 25 miles is a proxy for determining what is within the "metropolitan area". However, this will not apply if the taxpayer has a regular work location. See commuting flowchart at Andrewmitchel commuting flowchart

AHH (talk|edits) said:

30 January 2007
The flowchart mentioned and linked in the above posting by IntlTax is the best I've seen. I believe everyone here could benefit by printing a copy of this and keeping it with their handy copy of Pub 463 :0)

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