If you drive a lot of miles for your ministry work and you don’t have an accountable reimbursement plan, tracking your mileage can save money on your self-employment taxes. Here are some quick tips for mileage tracking that you may find useful:
- Regardless of whether you use GPS, a phone app or a paper log, pick a system that you feel comfortable with and you will be more likely to use.
- Your normal commute from home to work and vice versa is NOT deductible. Make sure to record visits to third party locations, since these are deductible.
- Tolls and parking are deductible, so make sure to list these as well.
- If your Church under-reimburses you compared to the government rate, you can claim the difference as a deduction.
- If you have opted out of Social Security for religious reasons, tracking mileage may not actually help you. Those who have opted out of Social Security do not have a Schedule SE on their return, and therefore have nowhere to claim mileage as a deduction
For a free excel mileage log that you can use to track mileage throughout the year, visit our website at https://www.clergyfinancial.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/10.Mileage-log.xls
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