How do I claim mileage on my tax returns as a delivery driver?
Asked by: fgr8out
I live in North Carolina. In 2012, I began delivery driving. Now that 2012 is over, I’m attempting to file my taxes and claim my mileage. But I’ve run into some issues.
I’ve printed out the miles I’ve driven for business purposes – 14,871 miles. The total mileage I’ve been paid by my employer is $ 1,988. According to the IRS, the standard mileage rates for the use of my car is 55.5 cents per mile – which would bring my total mileage to $ 8253.41. That’s $ 6265.41 of unreimbursed business expenses on my part. Technically, this is what I should get back, correct?
Well, I’m attempting to file my taxes on taxslayer.com, but as this is the first time I’ve claimed mileage, I’m confused. After listing the information on my business mileage, my tax refund only went up to $ 1020. What about the other $ 5000?
Now, according to my W-2, I’ve only had $ 1020 in federal income tax. Is this why my tax return maxed out at $ 1020? I’ve heard “you can only get back what you put in” but what about the $ 5000 worth of wear-tear and gas used for work? My boyfriend says I should receive a “tax credit” and will get the remaining money next year and the year after. My mom says I should be getting it all back, regardless if it is more than I technically paid in taxes.
Any insight into this? I don’t want to actually file in person with H&R or anyone, but I also don’t want to lose that refund I could be getting.
Wayne Z – so what you’re saying is, even though I might have spent some $ 8000 in expenses for my car, I won’t get reimbursed for that money entirely. Instead, it just means… none of my income is taxable in the end? (Since apparently I would be getting all $ 1020 of taxes back)
Judy – I thought I was itemizing. I got to a screen called Form 2106 and it asked me for my mileage. But it got really confusing when it started asking me about my “Average daily roundtrip commuting distance” and “Commuting miles included in total miles above.” I left them blank because I figured those didn’t matter (I’m only claiming the mileage I incurred while delivery driving). It didn’t ask me for what I was reimbursed by my employer, even though I was prepared to enter that information too. Either way, after I entered my business miles, my tax refund increased to the $ 1020, which was my total tax (box 2).
Box 1 = 11289.72
Box 2 = 1020.49
Wayne Z (Again lol) – For most of last year we got $ 1.33 for every 10 miles. I have a print out of my miles and mileage which I’m assuming is the amount my employer has reimbursed me (I calculated it and it was only about $ 10 off, but that’s because the mileage we were paid was changed in November and December). They paid me $ 1,988 like I said. Yes it’s low, because our employer is a stingy greedy corporate monster. Which is why I was hoping to get reimbursed more in my tax refund.
Bobbie – This is going to sound stupid, but you were speaking a foreign language to me essentially. I tried to look up all this information on the IRS website already and if I could understand what it was saying I wouldn’t be here, haha. But I don’t, which is why I’m trying to figure out if I should just keep going through taxslayer.com or go to an actual tax.. person and let them handle it.