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  • Tim
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    @BruinBones,
    Try reimbursement for 2018 as your first.
    .545*200=$109/wk Congratulations. Close to $5k tax free. Johanna deserves some flowers at least.

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  • BruinBones
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    Thank you, Johanna. Based on your explanation of the accountable plan, I recently decided to ask reimbursement for my commuting costs (over 200 miles a week) for my hospital employment, and it was added to my contract! As stated by another poster earlier, you don't know if you don't ask! The worse they could say is no.

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  • Raster
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    Will all the use between the main office and the peripheral offices be deductible? Could I be hassled about a business reason I went to the main office?  (“Why did you not just drive your personal car straight to the peripheral office?”). I may have patients or meetings or other things to do at the main office before or after traveling to the peripheral offices, but would prefer not having to document that 
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    Please clarify – if the practice provides a car for you, what OOP expenses are there to w/o? Also, are you an employee of the practice?
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    There would be nothing on my personal return to write off I suppose, I just don't want there to be a problem for my business calling it a business expense.  I am a partner in the practice.

    My commute is less than 0.3 miles, and yes, we have a shower.

     

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  • Panscan
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    Johanna,

    As always thanks for your reply.  I guess i’m confused on the fact based off the “wheel” on Figure 26-B (https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/business-mileage-the-holy-grail-of-tax-deductions/), where it clearly states travel between main job and second job (and vice versa as implied by the bidirectional arrow) is always deductible.  Can you explain that.

    Alternatively, I have a home office in which I view PACS and make decisions on call cases, sign reports, answer calls from home and interpret appropriate patient workup for both inpatients and outpatient consults.  Would that pass the muster?

    Thanks
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    You're an IR doc. can you embolize stuff from home?  every doc can view notes, write notes etc at home, it doesn't make it their primary place of work.

    I don't think it would pass personally.

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  • Panscan
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    DarrVao How much telemedicine are you doing? I still don't get how that holds up. You would have to be doing more telemedicine than regular medicine for the home office to be the primary right? Seems very unlikely. I realize the post is from over 2 years ago.

    I can't imagine any physician where their home office is their primary source of business. Maybe teleradiology because that's actually all you do, but Im not sure such jobs exist for other fields.

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  • Tim
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    The problem is two fold:
    1) Ordinary and necessary for the business deduction.
    2) Segregating business from personal.

    Perks are taxable unless you prove 1). Company cars used to be a common perk. Owned, maintained and insured. That is why the usage is so important.
    Rate x miles = ordinary amount.
    You can charge for business and get reimbursed (only excess of commute). The company has to prove that owning a car was ordinary and necessary. That could be disallowed. Typically, special customization is needed for normal vehicles or it is a tool in the business. Like Uber or covering a route. The burden of proof is on you.

    In an audit, transportation and home office expenses are natural targets. You may win your “bike” or “jog” commute. How would you document it? Maybe a log?
    Bike, jog, personal car? It’s tough to prove you didn’t use the car. Do you have showers in the office might be the follow up question.
    That’s why business mileage in excess of commute is the normal documentation.

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  • jfoxcpacfp
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    Will all the use between the main office and the peripheral offices be deductible? Could I be hassled about a business reason I went to the main office?  (“Why did you not just drive your personal car straight to the peripheral office?”). I may have patients or meetings or other things to do at the main office before or after traveling to the peripheral offices, but would prefer not having to document that
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    Please clarify - if the practice provides a car for you, what OOP expenses are there to w/o? Also, are you an employee of the practice?

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  • IRdoc
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    Sounds legit to me

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  • Raster
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    Would this arrangement pass muster with an audit?


    My practice buys or leases me a car. I leave the car parked permanently at the main office location.  On days I travel to one of our other clinics, I commute to the main office (via my personal car, bike, or jogging) then get into my practice owned or leased vehicle and drive to one of our three peripheral clinics, between 30 and 90 miles from the main office. After completing clinic at the peripheral office, I drive back to the main office, park the work car, and commute home via personal vehicle, bike or foot.  I realize I will have to keep good records of all trips.  I will continue to own a family vehicle or two.


    Will all the use between the main office and the peripheral offices be deductible?


    Could I be hassled about a business reason I went to the main office?  (“Why did you not just drive your personal car straight to the peripheral office?”). I may have patients or meetings or other things to do at the main office before or after traveling to the peripheral offices, but would prefer not having to document that (HIPAA etc).

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  • jfoxcpacfp
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    Of course, you're welcome.

    The wheel cut off at the bottom and I'm not sure if it had any relevant information. The point I'm making is that you cannot use travel to your side gig trip to convert commuting miles to business miles. I used to have a reference for this but (and I apologize) I do not have time to research. Perhaps @spiritrider will step in (perhaps he will prove me wrong?- won't be the first time!)

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  • IRdoc
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    Johanna,

    As always thanks for your reply.  I guess i'm confused on the fact based off the "wheel" on Figure 26-B (https://www.whitecoatinvestor.com/business-mileage-the-holy-grail-of-tax-deductions/), where it clearly states travel between main job and second job (and vice versa as implied by the bidirectional arrow) is always deductible.  Can you explain that.

    Alternatively, I have a home office in which I view PACS and make decisions on call cases, sign reports, answer calls from home and interpret appropriate patient workup for both inpatients and outpatient consults.  Would that pass the muster?

    Thanks

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  • jfoxcpacfp
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    Resurrecting this thread but. I do some 1099 work on the side in the early AM and in evenings rather close to my home. I drive from my home to that 1099 locations and then from there directly to hospital (K1). I drive back in evenings from hospital back to 1099 job, the drive home. My interpretation is that my miles from home to 1099 would be deductible (independent contractor) and my miles from 1099 to hospital would also be deductible and back?
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    Your deductible mileage is the additional miles you are driving for 1099 work after subtracting out the round trip commute mileage.

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  • IRdoc
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    Resurrecting this thread but. I do some 1099 work on the side in the early AM and in evenings rather close to my home. I drive from my home to that 1099 locations and then from there directly to hospital (K1). I drive back in evenings from hospital back to 1099 job, the drive home. My interpretation is that my miles from home to 1099 would be deductible (independent contractor) and my miles from 1099 to hospital would also be deductible and back?

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  • Kamban
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    Most physicians would drive very little, you are correct. Locums work would be one situation, but many if not most locums positions are in other cities and the travel is already covered. Your home office for your current job is likely not going to be a lot of help. Any miles you drive for the art studio are deductible against the income from the art studio.

    Never hurts to ask!
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    Most internists have seen their commute decline after the advent of hospitalists but as a specialist I still have to go to the hospital. Luckily my home is very close to my office but the hospitals are 10 miles away. Even though they are not too far from each other, I do not have sufficient time to cover both hospitals in one go on many occasions. So I see patients in one hospital during lunch time and in another after my afternoon office clinic finishes. So I can include those 40 miles I travel in a day.

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  • jfoxcpacfp
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    I seem to rack up a fair # of miles. Again, as we count our home office as a work location thanks to telemedicine: – home office to clinic #1 – clinic #1 to clinic #2 – clinic #2 back to home office – (or on days where I’m only at one clinic) clinic #1 back to home
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    A bit of clarification for others who might be reading this. DarrVao777's telemedicine makes a difference. To be able to deduct mileage to and from from your home office, your home office must be your principle place of business. It sounds to me as if  DarrVao777's situation qualifies.

    If you have a home office and your principle place of business is the hospital where you work every day, you can still deduct the home office, but not the round trip to the hospital. That assumes you have no office available for your use at the hospital. If you do, the home office is not deductible.

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