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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.
6 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
Here are our favorite mileage tracker apps.
This versatile app not only tracks your mileage but also helps
you keep track of all your other business expenses.
Everlance starts and stops automatically. It detects when your
car starts moving, and it records the miles you drive. With a quick
swipe of your finger, you can categorize each trip as work-related
or personal. You can also set your work hours, automatically
classifying drives during those hours as business trips.
With business expenses, you can photograph receipts and store
them in the cloud, avoiding paperwork. You can also sync your bank
account and credit cards to it, if you want. Everlance also has a
tool that allows you to connect your credit or debit card to the
app, then it will help you find deductions and generate an
IRS-compliant Excel or PDF report for tax purposes.
The app costs $8 per month or a $60 annual payment, which
amounts to $5 per month. A free version tracks 30 trips per month.
Everlance is also the top-rated mileage-tracking app on
Google Play. And it comes with a free seven-day trial.
2. 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
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 also lets you look at your driving route for the entire
day and swipe through to review trip cards.
The basic version of Hurdlr is free and includes
expense, income tax and semi-automatic mileage tracking.
For $7.99 a month, you’ll get the premium features, including
tracking all your mileage automatically and creating real-time
quarterly and year-end tax estimates so you can always see where
you stand with the IRS.
Hurdlr connects to over 9,500 financial institutions, allowing
users to link their Hurdlr account to their bank or credit union.
Every time you get paid, Hurdlr sends you a real-time
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
6. 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
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.
Lisa McGreevy is a former staff writer at The Penny
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Need to Track Your Mileage and Expenses? Here Are 6 Free Apps for That