Can I deduct mileage for a temporary job commute?

February 9, 2005

Subject:  Contractor mileage...
Date:  Thu, 27 Jan 2005
From:  Dave

Hi Michael,

I have been contracted by an IT staffing company to a company that is a 104-mile commute (round trip) from my house.

The staffing company pays me and issues my W-2.

Can I take the mileage as a deduction because of the temporary nature of the job?

Thanks for your help!

Dave
San Diego, CA

Answer

Date:  Mon, 31 Jan 2005

Hello Dave,

Probably not. The IRS has recently been "looking through" these arrangements and finding the contracting company to actually be the employer.

Good luck!
Mike Gray

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