Friday, April 10, 2009
From One Wedding To Another: Deductible mileage
I've found your book, Self-employed Tax Solutions, very helpful in preparing my tax return this year. I have a question I can't seem to figure out from reading your section on Auto Expenses.
I've been an indie wedding photographer for almost 10 years. I've never kept a record of my travel to and from weddings until last year, I put all my weddings and appointments with clients in my computer's calendar. Although I did not write down my mileage at the beginning of the year or the end, since it is easy to use Google maps to tally up the mileage to and from weddings, can I just add them up, multiply by the mileage rate, and deduct them?
Also, since I work at home, is it considered traveling to another work site to do the wedding, and therefore only the first half is deductible, not the coming home?
Thank you so much,
To tally work mileage, you may use any method that works for you. A calendar and Google maps is perfect. And also remember all your errands, too.
All mileage going to and from any work location is business transportation. That includes going to and from your home office to a wedding for a shoot; from one wedding to another; from home office to the photo supply store and back.