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Can employees deduct vehicle expenses?

SOLVEDby TurboTax3754Updated December 31, 2021

Vehicle expenses related to the commute between your home and main workplace (like gas, mileage, maintenance, repairs, or lease) have never been deductible on your federal return, even if your workplace is far away or you conduct business or haul work supplies during your commute.

In 2017 and earlier tax years, employees could get a partial deduction for expenses incurred while commuting between multiple job sites during the same day, as well as commutes to temporary work locations. They could also claim costs for non-commuting work-related trips, such as attending an offsite meeting or running an errand for the company. However, these expenses are no longer deductible in tax years 2018 through 2025 due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that Congress signed into law on December 22, 2017.

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