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A rideshare driver (Uber, Lyft) can deduct vehicle expenses for business use of the vehicle. Should the driver log each trip individually, or is a daily entry of beginning odometer, ending odometer, total miles, and a purpose such as "various rideshare trips" sufficient?

IRS Pub 463 states:

Car expenses. You can account for several uses of your car that can be considered part of a single use, such as a round trip or un-interrupted business use, with a single record. Minimal personal use, such as a stop for lunch on the way between two business stops, is not an interruption of business use.

Would the IRS consider the whole day as un-interrupted business use, or is each passenger its own business use, requiring an unique entry?

I tried calling the IRS, but was either directed back to the website, or advised that tax questions are only answered during filing season. Perhaps if I get audited I can tell the examiner that I only answer tax questions seven years after the filing!

  • Do the driver side rideshare apps not have a downloadable log? – quid May 4 '16 at 17:11
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    I imagine it could depend a lot on how you work as a driver. Many rideshare drivers drive only part-time and use their car for unrelated activities in between, which obviously wouldn't count as uninterrupted business use. – BrenBarn May 4 '16 at 18:12

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