Need to Track Your Mileage and Expenses? Here are 5 Free Apps for That
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If you’re a Lyft or Uber driver, you probably already know how important it is to track your work-related mileage and expenses.
You need that information to appease the IRS gods come tax return time and to make sure you’re squeezing out every last penny in deductions.
Rideshare drivers aren’t the only people eligible for mileage tax deductions. If you drive your personal vehicle for other kinds of paid work or use it for charitable, moving or medical purposes, you may also qualify for a standard mileage rate deduction.
5 Free Mileage Tracker Apps We Love
Back in the old days, tracking mileage meant dragging a notebook out of the glove box and hoping your pen wasn’t out of ink.
But now we live in an age of wonder where there’s an app for everything — including ones that automatically track mileage for you.
Here are five of our favorites.
1. Stride Drive
This free app runs in the background, quietly logging every mile you drive, and then it generates an IRS-ready report that you can use to do your taxes.
Stride Drive also tracks expenses like car washes, parking fees, tolls and even snacks you hand out to passengers. If you’re not sure what expenses are trackable, the app will walk you through the steps to figure it out.
TripLog gives users the option of entering mileage data manually or allowing your phone’s GPS to automatically track mileage for you. It also lets you record your driving routes and view them directly in Google Maps.
It’s hard to believe an app this rich in features is free, but it is. Hurdlr tracks all your mileage automatically and creates real-time quarterly and year-end tax estimates so you can always see where you stand with the IRS.
Hurdlr connects to over 15,000 financial institutions, allowing users to link their Hurdlr account to their bank or credit union. Every time you use your debit card, you’ll get a notification asking if you want to track the transaction as a business expense.
If you don’t drive often for Uber or Lyft, MileIQ may be the app for you. The free version offers 40 free drives per month, though you can upgrade to unlimited drives for $5.99 per month.
Like other mileage tracking apps, MileIQ automatically captures your drives and delivers a comprehensive mileage log whenever you need it. You can classify your drives into categories like business, personal or charity and then simply swipe with your thumb to assign them to the correct list — or let MileIQ do it automatically.
5. Mileage Expense Log
This free app stands out for its included rate book that allows users to quickly check mileage rates. As long as you keep your phone’s GPS turned on, Mileage Expense Log automatically tracks and logs all your drives.
If you’re a number cruncher, you’ll enjoy sorting data by date, purpose or even vehicle. Or you can export your entire database as HTML or CVS.
Mileage Expense Log is only available for iOS on iTunes and includes support for Apple Watch.
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Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She likes bringing you this information, but she is not a tax preparer. Check with a tax professional for more information on mileage tracking, expenses and deductible.