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zangel33
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I am a substitute teacher. This is my first year and I need to know how to log my miles and car expense for next years tax return in 2020 as a independent contractor.

 
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I am a substitute teacher. This is my first year and I need to know how to log my miles and car expense for next years tax return in 2020 as a independent contractor.

Mileage for what?  You cannot claim the mileage from your home to a school (or school to home) --that is commuting which you cannot use.  If you drive between schools during the school day, you can use that mileage on a Schedule C as a business expense.

 

Will the school district be giving you a 1099Misc instead of a W-2?  If so, you are indeed an independent contractor.

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/2893577-does-a-1099-misc-mean-i-m-self-employed

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/2902389-why-am-i-paying-self-employment-tax

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/1901110-do-i-need-to-make-estimated-tax-payments-to-the-irs

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/2903027-how-do-i-report-income-from-self-employment

 

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/3398950-what-self-employed-expenses-can-i-deduct

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Hal_Al
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I am a substitute teacher. This is my first year and I need to know how to log my miles and car expense for next years tax return in 2020 as a independent contractor.

It's unusual for a substitute teacher to be an "independent contractor".  Regular W-2 employees may  not deduct job expenses, at all .  (Teachers are allowed an up to $250 above the line deduction for classroom supplies).

 

As the other answer indicates, commuting is not deductible regardless of employee/contractor status.

I am a substitute teacher. This is my first year and I need to know how to log my miles and car expense for next years tax return in 2020 as a independent contractor.

@Hal_Al Agreed it is unusual for a substitute teacher to be an independent contractor and receive a 1099Misc but I have seen it happen with small private schools, for example, that are not part of a larger school district.  Of course, if there is one school, then there would be no need to drive between locations during the school day.  There are scenarios where a sub might need to travel from one school to another for mornings, afternoons, etc.  that would  be an example of something the OP could use mileage for on a schedule C.  But not commuting from home to school or back home, as he/she may have been led to believe.

**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
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