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How do you deduct mileage as an independent contractor?

Asked by: emeka22uche 570 views YA Discussion

Hello, my wife works full time for the VA and she also teaches yoga part time. She was given a 1099 misc and is considered an independent contractor. I am having trouble distinguishing between commuter miles, which are non-deductible, and business miles which are deductible. She teaches after her full time job at the VA, three times a week in the evenings at a yoga studio. How much, if any, can she deduct as business mileage? Can she deduct the mileage from her home to the yoga studio and then to the yoga studio and back? Or can she only deduct the mileage from her regular place of employment, the full time job at the VA, to the yoga studio, and then the yoga studio back home? Please help me clarify what we can deduct because while she only made 5000 bucks from teaching yoga for the year, we now owe the federal government like 200 bucks. Thanks!!!!

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  1. A Hunch on Apr 12, 2012 Reply

    She does not work at home, so she cannot deduct any miles going to and from home, because those are commuter miles.

    She can only deduct the miles from the VA to the yoga studio.

    If she want from home to the VA and back home and then from home to the Yoga studio and home, she would have no deductible miles.
    - if it was me, I would skip the buisness mileage deduction.

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  2. Erik on Apr 12, 2012 Reply

    travel between work sites is deductable, but it sounds like the yoga and VA are not the same employer, so it all counts as “commute”.

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  3. tro on Apr 12, 2012 Reply

    if she leaves her first job and goes directly to the 2nd, that mileage is deductible, and she needs to keep a contemporaneous log of the miles for IRS
    some of the $ 200 is probably her self employment tax

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  4. the kid on Apr 12, 2012 Reply

    You keep a detailed log of the miles thorughout the year. Travel to the yoga studio and back is commuting. Travel to the VA and back is commuting, not deductible. The only deductible miles are those from the VA to the yoga studio, if she goes directly from one to the other.

    If you don’t itemize, it’s all moot anyway.

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