Can I claim mileage on my tax return?

October 25, 2002

Subject:  mileage question
Date:  Tue, 24 Sep 2002
From:  Robert

Hello. I appreciate the information on your website. My question has to do with vehicle mileage. I am being paid $.20 per mile right now from my employer, but I know the maximum allowance is $.365. Can I claim the difference on my federal tax return?

Thank You,

Robert

Answer

Date:  Wed, 16 Oct 2002

Hello Robert,

Yes. The expense information and reimbursement are reported on Form 2106, Employee Business Expenses. The net expense is reported on Schedule A as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. Since 2% of adjusted gross income is subtracted from most miscellaneous itemized deductions, including employee business expenses, it's hard to qualify for a deduction for the unreimbursed amount.

Good luck!
Mike Gray

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