Can I Deduct or Reimburse Commute Travel Expenses?

Commuting costs between your home and your regular place of work are generally not tax deductible. The IRS considers commuting to be a personal expense. However, if your office is at home, that's a different story...

Can I Deduct or Reimburse Commute Travel Expenses?
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Commuting costs between your home and your regular place of work are generally not tax deductible. The IRS considers commuting to be a personal expense, and as such, it is not eligible for a tax deduction. However, if you use your personal vehicle for business purposes, you may be able to claim a tax deduction for some of the costs of operating that vehicle. For example, if you use your car to travel to client meetings, run errands for your business, or to perform other work-related tasks outside of your regular commute, you may be able to claim a deduction for the business use of your vehicle.

If you regularly use your personal vehicle for business but also use it for your regular commute or for other personal purposes, you can use Psngr app to efficiently capture and classify your mileage and claim vehicle expenses for the business use of your vehicle.

Office in the Home

If you have an office in your home that qualifies as a principal place of business, you can deduct your daily transportation costs between your home and another work location in the same trade or business. This includes round-trip transportation between your qualifying home office and your client's or customer's place of business.

To qualify as a place of business, your home office must be used exclusively and regularly for business purposes. This means that you must use the space solely for business activities and not for any personal or non-business purposes. In addition, you must use the space on a regular basis, which means that you must use it regularly and consistently for business purposes. The IRS has specific guidelines for what qualifies as a home office. See Pub. 587, Business Use of Your Home.