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What to enter if there is not an average daily commute

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What to enter if there is not an average daily commute

If there is not an average daily commute, enter zero

If you have entered zero and you are getting an error message with regard to commuting miles, then there may be a problem with the other mileage amounts that you entered. 

When you enter vehicle expenses for any purpose (Schedule C, Schedule E, Form 2106) in your tax return, you are asked to enter the number of miles driven for the entire year, the number of miles driven for business purposes, and the number of commuting miles. 

These values are used to determine how much (what percentage) your car was used for business purposes. 

The assumption is that:  total number of miles driven - business miles - commuting miles = personal miles. 

If you are seeing an error message it is telling you that for the numbers that you entered, there was nothing left over for personal miles.  The business miles + commuting miles was greater than the total.  So, the program assumes that the error is in the number of commuting miles. 

You should revisit the section where the miles was entered to be sure all of your numbers are accurate.  But remember, the total must be greater than business + commuting

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