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msheroff
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My wife has cleaning business. Can she really deduct commuting mileage? Where does she enter the mileage in Turbo Tax? Can she deduct insurance and repairs?

 
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Phillip1
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My wife has cleaning business. Can she really deduct commuting mileage? Where does she enter the mileage in Turbo Tax? Can she deduct insurance and repairs?

She cannot deduct commuting miles. However, she can deduct mileage from one business stop to another business stop. 

The vehicle expense deduction is either her business mileage multiplied by the IRS standard mileage rate (53.5 cents a mile for 2017) or the business portion of her actual vehicle expenses (business portion is calculated by dividing the business mileage by her total mileage for the year).

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Phillip1
New Member

My wife has cleaning business. Can she really deduct commuting mileage? Where does she enter the mileage in Turbo Tax? Can she deduct insurance and repairs?

She cannot deduct commuting miles. However, she can deduct mileage from one business stop to another business stop. 

The vehicle expense deduction is either her business mileage multiplied by the IRS standard mileage rate (53.5 cents a mile for 2017) or the business portion of her actual vehicle expenses (business portion is calculated by dividing the business mileage by her total mileage for the year).

Hal_Al
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My wife has cleaning business. Can she really deduct commuting mileage? Where does she enter the mileage in Turbo Tax? Can she deduct insurance and repairs?

She cannot claim car insurance and repairs in addition to the mileage allowance.
msheroff
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My wife has cleaning business. Can she really deduct commuting mileage? Where does she enter the mileage in Turbo Tax? Can she deduct insurance and repairs?

This does not make sense. What is the mileage allowance? It seems commuting mileage is non deductible. The only mileage deductible is when there is multiple stops in one day. Will that small mileage deduction eliminate deducting repairs and insurance?
Hal_Al
Level 15

My wife has cleaning business. Can she really deduct commuting mileage? Where does she enter the mileage in Turbo Tax? Can she deduct insurance and repairs?

You cannot deduct all your insurance and repairs. You can only deduct the business percentage. For example, you drive your car 10,000 miles total in a year. The total of all those multiple business stops, during the year is 1000 miles. You may deduct 10% (1000/10,000) of your insurance, repairs, depreciation and gas, instead of the 53.5 cents/mile, if you choose. But, essentially, it's still based on the actual number of business miles driven. Commuting miles still do not count in the numerator but do in the denominator.
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