4 Mileage Tracking Apps That Can Help Reduce Your Tax Bill

What's Hot

2 Types of Black Marks Might Vanish From Your Credit File SoonBorrow

5 Surprising Benefits of Exercising Outdoors in WinterFamily

6 Ways the Obamacare Overhaul Might Impact Your WalletInsurance

7 Dumb and Costly Moves Homebuyers MakeBorrow

Obamacare Replacement Plan Gets ‘F’ Rating from Consumer ReportsFamily

Beware These 12 Common Money MistakesCredit & Debt

17 Ways to Have More Fun for Less MoneySave

This Free Software Brings Old Laptops Back to LifeMore

30 Household Uses for Baby OilSave

Nearly Half of Heart-Related Deaths Linked to These 10 Foods and IngredientsFamily

10 Ways to Save When You’re Making Minimum WageSave

Boost Your Credit Score Fast With These 7 MovesCredit & Debt

7 Painless Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Years EarlierBorrow

Considering a Fixer-Upper? 15 Ways to Avoid a Money PitGrow

This Scam Now Tops ID Theft as the No. 2 Consumer ComplaintFamily

6 Stores With Awesome Reward ProgramsFamily

6 Healthful Treats for Your DogFamily

6 Ways to Save More at Lowe’s and The Home DepotSave

20 Tips for Buying a Home in the Best Location, Location, LocationGrow

30 Awesome Things to Do in RetirementCollege

New Study Ranks the Best States in the U.S.Family

6 Overlooked Ways to Save at Chick-fil-AFamily

The Most Sinful City in the U.S. Is … (Hint: It’s Not Vegas)Family

House Hunters: Beware of These 6 Mortgage MistakesBorrow

Ask Stacy: How Do I Start Over?Credit & Debt

Secret Cell Plans: Savings Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint Don’t Want You to Know AboutFamily

10 Ways to Save When Your Teen Starts DrivingFamily

The True Cost of Bad CreditCredit & Debt

You’ll Soon Pay More to Shop at CostcoSave

Marijuana Stocks Flaming Out Under TrumpFamily

21 Restaurants Offering Free Food Right NowSaving Money

You can write off up to 53.5 cents for every tax-deductible mile you drive -- but you'll need documentation. These mobile apps make it easy.

Do you ever drive a car for business, medical or charitable purposes? Have you moved in the past year? If so, you might be eligible for valuable tax deductions.

The Internal Revenue Service allows you to deduct a certain amount for every eligible mile you drive. So if you qualify for and claim these mileage deductions, you’ll keep more of your money out of Uncle Sam’s pocket.

For example, for tax year 2017, the IRS’ standard mileage rates for deductible driving expenses are:

  • 53.5 cents per mile driven for business
  • 17 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

You can learn more about these write-offs in “Tax Hacks 2017: Don’t Miss These 16 Often-Overlooked Tax Breaks.”

Of course, the IRS won’t take you at your word. If you want to write off eligible mileage, you must log eligible miles.

In the past, that meant tedious manual record-keeping of your odometer readings and driving purposes. Technology has since simplified — if not practically automated — this process.

Mobile apps like the four detailed below handle much of the record-keeping for you. That means you can claim applicable mileage deductions with minimal effort.

This type of app can be costly. However, all of the following apps offer a free version or are bundled free with software programs you might already have. Additionally, they are all available for both Android and Apple iOS.

1. MileIQ

Cost: MileIQ is a free download that offers 40 drives a month. You can upgrade the app for unlimited drives, which costs $5.99 a month or $59.99 a year.

Details: Both the free and paid versions of MileIQ include automatic mileage tracking, meaning the app automatically detects when you’re driving and automatically tracks your miles every time you drive. When you finish a drive, you just swipe your phone screen to categorize the trip as personal, business, medical, charity or a customized category.

MileIQ has ratings of more than four out of five stars in both Google Play and Apple’s App Store based on reviews from users.

2. QuickBooks Self-Employed

Cost: QuickBooks Self-Employed, which comes with both web access and a mobile app, offers a free 30-day trial. After that, you must pay for a monthly subscription. The retail price is $10 a month, although the subscription was available for $5 a month for the first six months at the time this article was written.

Details: QuickBooks Self-Employed, a business accounting program designed for folks who file a Schedule C form with their federal income taxes, now features automatic mileage tracking. So if you already subscribe to QuickBooks Self-Employed, you might want to check out this tracking feature before looking into others, as it won’t cost you anything further.

Also, check out this tracking feature if you use TurboTax Self-Employed to file your taxes. TurboTax Self-Employed filers get QuickBooks Self-Employed at no additional cost. (Both software programs are made by the same company, Intuit.)

Because this tracker is automatic, all trips are logged automatically. “Users simply need to swipe to see the deductions they’ve earned,” as Intuit describes it.

The QuickBooks Self-Employed app has ratings of at least four out of five stars in both Google Play and the App Store based on reviews from users.

3. Quicken’s Vehicle Mileage Tracker

Cost: Quicken’s mobile app is free. But to be able to access Quicken’s Vehicle Mileage Tracker, you need one of two software programs. Each program has a retail price of more than $100, although Quicken was selling both at a discount when this story was written.

Details: Quicken Home & Business and Quicken Rental Property Manager come with the Vehicle Mileage Tracker feature. So if you already use either money management software program, you might want to check out this tracker before others, as it won’t cost you anything further.

The Vehicle Mileage Tracker enables you to track, sort and print lists of mileage for business, charity and medical purposes. You can also track miles driven to and from rental properties you own and other types of mileage that you define.

4. TripLog

Cost: There are four versions of TripLog, each with a different price:

  1. Free (for one user): Free
  2. Basic (for one user): $1.50 monthly or $15 annually
  3. Professional (for one user): $3 monthly or $30 annually
  4. Enterprise (for an unlimited number of users): $5 per user monthly or $50 per user annually

Details: All versions of the app feature:

  • GPS mileage tracking or manual input
  • Actual driving route on Google Maps
  • Vehicle fuel economy and expenses tracking

TripLog also offers fully and semi-automatic mileage tracking, although these features are only available with the three paid versions of the app.

To learn more about the differences between the four versions, visit TripLog’s “Pricing” page.

To learn about other types of apps that can help you at tax time, check out “Tax Hacks 2017: The Best Apps to Get Your Taxes to the Finish Line.”

Have you ever used an app to track mileage for any purpose? Tell us what you thought of it below or on our Facebook page.

Stacy Johnson

It's not the usual blah, blah, blah

I know... every site you visit wants you to subscribe to their newsletter. But our news and advice is actually worth reading! For 25 years, I've been making people richer without making their eyes glaze over. You'll be glad you did. I guarantee it!


Read Next: 8 Major Freebies and Discounts You Get With Amazon Prime

Check Out Our Hottest Deals!

We're always adding new deals and coupons that'll save you big bucks. See the deals to the right and hundreds more in our Deals section.

Click here to explore 2,007 more deals!