Ask an Accountant: Mileage Rate Deductions

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Question:

I travel quite a bit to teach coupon classes. Can I deduct the mileage? If so, what are the rates?

Answer:

Yes you can! 2011 was split in rates for this deduction. The following chart from the IRS website provides you with the dates and rates for mileage deduction.

Note:Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates.

Please keep in mind this post is for informational purposes only and answers given are very general. Do not rely on this column for definite tax answers as many things depend on individual circumstances. Please contact your personal accountant or financial advisor for your particular situation.

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