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Independent contractor

Can I write off my gas instead of mileage and include it in with other deductions?

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Independent contractor



As an independent contractor, if you use your vehicle for business purposes, you have a choice of what to deduct. However, whether you deduct the standard 56 cents per business mile for 2021, or your actual expenses, there is a requirement to keep a log of your mileage to prove the business expense.

The following article discusses deducting actual expenses vs. the standard mileage deduction:

It is important to fully understand what miles are considered deductible business miles. The following article should help:


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