23 Tax Write-Offs for Freelance Chauffeurs

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Chauffeurs are discreet, professional, and punctual — but do you apply that same level of care to your taxes? Too often, the easy ways you can save money at tax time are driven right by, unnoticed.

As a freelance chauffeur, you’re entitled to write off the everyday sort of expenses you run up during your shift. Whether it’s car wash supplies or tolls, simply claiming these purchases will apply the brakes to your tax bill, slowing down the speed at which you give your hard-earned cash to the IRS. Save enough money, and you might even be able to hire someone to drive you around!

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Car depreciation
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 13

You can deduct the depreciation of the car you rent out each year.

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Auto insurance
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 15

You can deduct the auto insurance premium on cars you rent out.

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Repairs & maintenance
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 9

Write off what you pay for any car repairs and scheduled maintenance.

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Car accessories
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 22

You can write off any phone chargers and other accessories for passengers to use in the car.

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Car washing & detailing
Write it off using:

Schedule C, 27a

Car cleaning services to keep your vehicle looking nice and presentable are deductible.

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Uniforms
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

Any uniforms you're required to wear on the job are considered tax-deductible.

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Uniform dry cleaning
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

If you need to get your uniform professionally dry cleaned, you can write it off.

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If you drive for work ...

If you are driving to pick up clients or to get your car serviced or repaired, you can deduct some of those driving-related expenses.Keep in mind: people who drive a lot for work, like chauffeurs, can end up saving more money if you track miles instead of actual car expenses.

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Parking
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

Parking for a meeting downtown, or any other work trip, is tax-deductible!

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Tolls
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

A toll while driving to or from a work destination is tax-deductible!

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Car purchase & depreciation
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 13

If you buy a new car, you can write off part of the cost every year for five years.

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Vehicle tool kit
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 22

Flashlights, tire iron, duct tape, and other tools you may need in your vehicle are deductible.

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Car insurance & registration
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 15

Car insurance monthly fees, registration, even roadside assistance are partially deductible.

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Car maintenance
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 9

Oil changes, repairs, and regular checkups are all tax-deductible if you drive for work.

If you discuss work at a restaurant ...

If you grab food or drinks with clients or fellow chauffeurs, don't forget to write off your business meal expenses.

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Business meals
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 24b

If you discuss work with a coworker, mentor, client, or prospective client, it's a write-off!

If you leave town for work ...

If you have to travel out of town for work, the IRS lets you write off travel expenses.

For example, if you have to drive clients out of town and need to book overnight lodging, or if you plan to attend an industry conference to network with chauffeur staffing companies.

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Transportation
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 24a

Planes, trains, and car rentals are all work-related travel costs that can be written off.

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Travel lodging
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 24a

When you travel for work, lodging expenses such as hotel rooms or Airbnb are write offs.

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Meals while traveling
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 24a

When you're traveling for work, all meals are tax-deductible. Even takeout!

If you work from home ...

If you have a designated workspace at home where you spend time on things like marketing your services, client development, or managing finances and paperwork, you can claim a portion of your home office expenses on your taxes.

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Home office furniture
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 18

A desk, chairs, lamps, and other home office necessities are all tax write-offs.

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Property repairs
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 21

You can write off up to $2,500 for individual repairs to your property.

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Power bill
Write it off using:

Form 8829

Gotta keep the lights on in your home office! A portion of your electricity bill counts.

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Property insurance
Write it off using:

Form 8829

Whether it's rental or homeowners insurance, you can write off a portion through your home office deduction.

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Water bill
Write it off using:

Form 8829

It'd be hard to work in an office without running water, huh? You water bill counts.

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Wi-Fi bill
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 25

Your Comcast bill is a tax write-off. You need internet to do your job!