Private Practice Tips, Tools, & Essentials ~ #4: Tracking Mileage
After taking a break to celebrate my SIX year anniversary working at United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), I’m back to continue my series on Private Practice Tips, Tools, & Essentials. So far, I’ve shared about using Gremln to send out future tweets, the importance of a Newsletter in staying connected to your readers, and utilizing Tamara Suttle as a resource for all things private practice.
Today’s post is inspired by a thread on the Facebook forum Music Therapists Unite! I absolutely love this forum and the information the users share. Recently, someone posted a question about how to track mileage when driving to see clients. I thought this was a great question, because I did not have a system in place for this. So, I checked with my CPA (Certified Public Accountant) to find out exactly how I should be tracking my mileage for tax-deduction purposes.
*Please remember the advice I give here does not replace seeing your own CPA, but it is a starting point. I would highly recommend you make an appointment with a CPA in your area – it is well worth the cost!*
Here is the information she suggested I track when driving to see clients:
– Odometer reading at the beginning of the trip
– Odometer reading at the end of the trip
– Purpose of trip (i.e seeing client X)
– Address/location of the place you’re driving to (i.e. client’s home)
My CPA also suggested an iphone app called “Track My Mileage” (TMM). I don’t have an iphone (shocking, I know!), so I just use good ole’ pen and paper to track my mileage. I thought my newsletter subscribers might like to have this template, so I’ll be sending it out in my next newsletter. Are you a subscriber yet?
I would love to hear from you! How do YOU track mileage when driving to see clients? What system has worked for you? Share in the comments section below.
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