How do I write off my mileage?
October 20, 2010 9:50 PM Subscribe
Can I write off the extra driving I do for my job? If so, how do I go about doing this?
posted by rossination to Work & Money (6 answers total)
I am an itinerant instrumental music teacher (I serve 7 different schools) and do a lot of driving not just to and from school but between schools, to and from the district office to drop off instruments for repair, to music stores on the weekend to buy supplies for kids, etc. Some of this mileage is reimbursed by the school district (per our contract), but not all of it.
I understand that I can write off some or all of this mileage, if I am using my personal vehicle for work. How do I do this? I usually use Quicken Online to do my taxes, and in the past have filed a 1040EZ - so I'm not used to anything complicated around tax time. I'm willing to keep records and file a more complicated return, but I don't know where to start.
So, explaining to me as if I know almost nothing about deductions (because I don't), what do I do?
Additional info: married, live and work in Washington.