, Answering FAQ'sTurboTax Employee
You cannot deduct your trip to or from work. Driving back and forth to work is commuting mileage and isn't deductible.
You can deduct certain types of mileage as an employee on your Schedule A if you itemize deductions. This deduction is allowed for the amount of the expenses that exceed 2% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). Your adjusted gross income is listed on Form 1040.
The mileage rate for business miles driven in 2013 is 56.5 cents per mile.
Can I deduct mileage if I have more than one job or location?
Yes, if you regularly work at two or more places in one day, whether or not for the same employer, you can deduct mileage from your first job location to the second job location.
Note: The mileage from your home to the 1st job and from the last location to your home would be commuting miles and are not deductible.
What if I have a temporary work site?
If you have a temporary work site, you might be able to deduct that mileage.
To determine if your temporary mileage is deductible, check out the IRS chart below, or refer to IRS Publication 463 for a discussion of temporary work mileage.
Can I deduct the mileage to work related education classes?
Generally, you can claim business mileage for driving to and from qualified work-related education classes. To be qualified, the education must meet at least one of the following tests:
- Education is required by your employer or the law to keep your present salary, status, or job. The education must serve a bona fide business purpose for your employer, or
- The education maintains or improves skills needed in your present work.
However even if you meet one or both of the above tests, it’s not a qualified work – related education if it:
- Is needed to meet the minimum educational requirements of your present trade or business, or
- Is part of a program of study that will qualify you for a new trade or business.
Refer to IRS Publication 970 for a chart and examples on qualified work-related education classes.
- Form 2106 or 2106-EZ: Employee Business Expenses
- Can I Deduct My Employee Business Expenses on My Tax Return?
- Schedule A, Itemized Deductions