Tracking mileage

My Accountant told me to track my miles, I’m confused can I just figure out how far the location I’m going to is? Say 10 miles or do I have to keep track like this 50,000 miles start end 51,000 miles?

I’d recommend recording the reading from your odometer specifically at the start and end of a journey. An automatic can actually do this for you if your car isn’t a classic.

Just distances won’t hold water in an audit of any kind. Go with the odometer reading.

Have you tried their latest device? I got an email this week saying my first gen automatic would no longer be supported.

I haven’t tried any of their devices. I just know a couple of people who use their mileage tracking. One has this IFTTT automation that fills out a google spreadsheet.

In the USA if you are tracking mileage for purposes of tax deduction the rates are dependent on ‘business miles’ which do not include mileage to and from work; the IRS considers where you live a personal choice and, thus, a personal expense. I initially learned this decades ago in B-School, when the prof slyly recommended everyone set their offices a block from home.

Using an Apple Watch or iPhone might be more troublesome than noting the odometer.

Google is your friend for more info, like this link.

Tracking must use ‘adequate recordkeeping’ which for most people is a logbook of some kind, handwritten or electronic, usually based on car odometer numbers.

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