If this is your first year driving for DoorDash you may be wondering how the whole mileage thing works. Today we are going to discuss mileage deduction as well as mileage pay. By the end of this article you should understand a little more about mileage with DoorDash.
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Will DoorDash Compensate For Mileage?
The simple answer is no. DoorDash will not compensate you for mileage. And that is because they are cheap and they also are not required to compensate you for mileage. This is something they do not have to do for you or anyone else.
Did you know that you can get a mileage deduction on your taxes? Well, you can and it will save you money on your tax bill. All that is required of you is to keep a log of your qualifying mileage and report it during tax time.
The rate for this year is 58.5 cents per mile. This is a decent rate I would say because that amount can really add up based on how much mileage you have accumulated.
If you do not know how to get a mileage deduction, don’t worry, your tax preparer should be equipped and ready to help you with this. Even if you are doing your own taxes, there should be an option that allows you to claim a mileage deduction and add it to your taxes.
But keep in mind that this is something you could forget or look over when doing your own taxes. If you aren’t sure about what to do or how to do it then maybe you should go to someone and allow them to file your taxes for you to be on the safe side.
A mileage deduction can really help lower your tax bill so it is something that you definitely don’t want to miss.
Does DoorDash compensate for mileage? No, they do not. You are only a gig worker and therefore DoorDash does not owe you anything.
As a gig worker, you may feel that you should be compensated for mileage. After all, you are the one doing all the driving and making deliveries. Someone is getting fresh food on account of you.
The fact of the matter is when you signed up to drive for DoorDash you were agreeing to all of the things that DoorDash doesn’t do, not just what they could do for or offer you. One of the many, many things that DoorDash doesn’t do is pay for mileage. You have to be okay with this or find another gig.
When it comes to mileage, you will probably accumulate a lot in a year but you won’t be compensated by DoorDash. So please don’t even get your hopes up. DoorDash doesn’t even pretend to care about your mileage.
You can ask anyone that has driven for DoorDash and they will honestly tell you that mileage is your responsibility to handle and that DoorDash will do nothing about it. It’s all on you.
How to Track Mileage
In order to get a mileage deduction you must log the amount of mileage you have driven. This can be hard to do especially without the help of an app of some sort. So the first thing you want to do is find a mileage tracking app.
Make sure the app is really good and has great reviews. You want an app that is accurate and will really help you get the job done. There is no point in downloading an app that doesn’t keep up with your mileage in the way that it should.
So do your research before just downloading any app and find out which app will work best for you and your current situation. Get the app all setup and connect it to your car. Now, you should be good to go.
When tracking your mileage there may be a way to turn the tracker on and off. At least there should be because not all mileage you get on your vehicle is going to be qualifying mileage.
Can I Count All Mileage?
You are probably wondering if you can count all the mileage that you accumulate on your vehicle. The answer to that is a simple no. You cannot count any and all mileage that you have driven on your car.
First of all, the mileage has to be no more than a year old. You start over counting your mileage each year. And like with any other tax deduction, you have to have proof of it.
So if you have driven with DoorDash for years, you can’t count all of that mileage. There will be somewhat of a cut off and you’ll only be able to count so much mileage. Don’t worry though, you will be able to count a good amount of mileage.
If you try to count mileage that you don’t have proof of you may run the risk of being audited by the IRS. So therefore, you want to be very careful about what you count and how you log the mileage.
Will DoorDash Pay for My Mileage?
No, DoorDash will not pay you for mileage. Do not even get your hopes up thinking that you will be compensated for mileage. DoorDash is not obligated to pay for your mileage at all so don’t think that they will.