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Tax Reform Update: Employee business expenses can be claimed only by Armed Forces reservists, qualified performing artists, fee-basis state or local government officials, and employees with impairment-related work expenses.

If you were partially reimbursed for your employee business miles, your total business miles and reimbursements for the current year are entered on Form 2106 Employee Business Expenses.

To enter this in the TaxAct program (if you need help accessing Form 2106, go to our Form 2106 - Entering Unreimbursed Employee Expenses in Program FAQ):

  1. From within your Form 2106, continue with the interview process until you reach the screen titled Employee Expenses - Unreimbursed Expenses, then click Yes.
  2. On the screen titled Employee Expenses - Vehicle Expense - Miles Driven, use the data entry fields to enter your information.
  3. On the screen titled Employee Expenses - Vehicle Expense - Standard Rate, click the circle next to Actual expenses.
  4. On the screen titled Employee Expenses - Vehicle Expense - Gas, Oil, Repairs, etc., click the data entry field below Vehicle operating expenses, and type the amount.
  5. On the screen titled Employee Expenses - Employer Reimbursements, click the data entry field below Other than meals and type your total reimbursements for those miles.

The program will calculate the difference between the two amounts for your deduction. For example, if you drove 100 miles, your standard mileage deduction would be $57.50 (100 x 0.57.5). If your employer reimbursed you at a rate of 20 cents per mile, you would enter $20 in the reimbursement field (100 x .20). Your total mileage deduction on Form 2106 would be $37.50 (57.50 - 20).


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