Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)/Mileage deduction?

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I worked for a company as a nurse giving flu shots.  Everyday, I travelled to a new location, almost always outside my home city.  I returned home each night.  May I deduct the miles traveled?  It seems as I should be able to as all locations were temporary.  I also worked from home for this same company as I completed paid training online.  I also had to engage in a lot of online ongoing education and communication; checking for job postings, signing up for jobs, etc.

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Hi Timothy,

You may have trouble convincing the IRS that this is temporary mileage as the very nature of the employment was to drive to a different location every day.

Temporary mileage is generally considered so when you have a fixed place of employment and travel to a different job site on a temporary/infrequent basis.

You did not state whether you are paid as an employee or as an independent contractor. If paid as an independent, and you have a home office, the mileage may be deductible.

Take care,  

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