How to Claim Gasoline on Taxes

by Michael Keenan ; Updated July 27, 2017

Gasoline costs can place a significant strain on some taxpayer's budgets, leaving them wondering if they can claim a tax deduction for their expenses. In most cases, the Internal Revenue Service does not allow gas cost to be deducted. However, in cases where the driving is done for business, medical, moving or charitable purposes, the gasoline expenses can be lumped in with that category of tax deduction, assuming the taxpayer is otherwise eligible to claim that type of deduction.

Business Miles

Step 1

Calculate the number of miles that you drove for business purposes, such as traveling from job to job if you work multiple jobs, or traveling from your workplace to another business during your working hours. You cannot include the miles that you drive from your house to your job or vice versa.

Step 2

Determine the standard mileage rate for the tax year that you are taking the deduction. For 2009, the rate is 55 cents per mile for business miles.

Step 3

Multiply the mileage rate times the number of business miles driven to calculate the value of your deduction. For example, if in 2009 you drove 400 miles for business purposes, you would be able to deduct $220 as a business expense.

Step 4

Write the value of your business expense on line 21 of your schedule A to claim the deduction. You can also include any other unreimbursed business expenses on this line.

Moving Miles

Step 1

Determine whether your moving miles qualify for the moving expenses deduction. To qualify, your new workplace must be at least at least 50 miles farther from your old home than your former workplace was and you must be employed full-time for at least 39 weeks of the first year you are in your new location.

Step 2

Calculate the number of miles you drove as part of the moving process.

Step 3

Determine the standard mileage rate for the tax year that you are taking the deduction. For 2009, the rate is 24 cents per mile for moving miles.

Step 4

Multiply the mileage rate times the number of moving miles driven to calculate the value of your deduction. For example, if in 2009 you drove 500 miles for moving purposes, you would be able to deduct $120 as a moving expense.

Step 5

Report your moving mileage expense on Form 3909.

Medical Miles

Step 1

Calculate the number of miles that you drove for medical reasons, such as driving yourself or a family member to the hospital.

Step 2

Determine the standard mileage rate for the tax year that you are taking the deduction. For 2009, the rate is 24 cents per mile for medical miles.

Step 3

Multiply the mileage rate times the number of miles driven to calculate the value of your deduction. For example, if in 2009 you drove 200 miles for medical purposes, you would be able to deduct $48 as a medical expense.

Step 4

Report the value of your medical deduction, as well as any other unreimbursed medical costs, on line 1 of schedule A.

Charitable Miles

Step 1

Calculate the number of miles you drove to charity events, such going to help at a nursing home, or in service of charitable organizations, such as driving supplies from a store to a construction site to build a house for a low income family.

Step 2

Determine the standard mileage rate for the tax year that you are taking the deduction. For 2009, the rate is 14 cents per mile for charitable miles.

Step 3

Multiply the mileage rate times the number of miles driven to calculate the value of your deduction. For example, if in 2009 you drove 300 miles for charitable purposes, you would be able to deduct $42 as a charitable deduction.

Step 4

Add the amount of your charitable mileage deduction to any other charitable donations for the year then write the total as a gift to charity on line 16 on your schedule A.

Warnings

  • The business miles, medical miles and charitable miles are all itemized deductions, so if you claim any of them, you are ineligible to claim the standard deduction.

About the Author

Mark Kennan is a writer based in the Kansas City area, specializing in personal finance and business topics. He has been writing since 2009 and has been published by "Quicken," "TurboTax," and "The Motley Fool."

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