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Car expenses or mileage for volunteering for charitable organizations are reported on Schedule A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions. Enter the number of miles or the unreimbursed expenses on Line 16 of Schedule A.

TaxAct® will compute the correct charitable mileage deduction for the 2020 tax year as 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations. See Mileage - Standard Mileage Rates for more information.

To enter charitable mileage in the TaxAct program:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop), click Federal. On smaller devices, click in the upper left-hand corner, then click Federal.
  2. Click Itemized or Standard Deductions in the Federal Quick Q&A Topics menu to expand, then click Charitable contributions.
  3. Click Yes then continue with the interview process to enter all of the appropriate information.

You can deduct unreimbursed out-of-pocket expenses, such as the cost of gas and oil that are directly related to the use of your car in giving services to a charitable organization. You cannot deduct general repair and maintenance expenses, depreciation, registration fees, or the costs of tires or insurance.

If you do not want to deduct your actual expenses, you can use a standard mileage rate to figure your contribution. You can deduct parking fees and tolls, whether you use your actual expenses or the standard mileage rate.

See IRS Publication 526 Charitable Contributions for more information.

Note that any link in the information above is updated each year automatically and will take you to the most recent version of the document at the time it is accessed.

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