Rcvd the comment below but have more questions. We entered his mileage and car information under the section titled Employment Expenses (Job-Related Expenses). I'm assuming that is the correct section to use. My son kept track of his miles but in the section where it ask for mileage I only had mileage for the first 2 blanks (we entered 10,000 "Total Miles Driven for All Purposes", 2362 "Miles driven for job", 0 for "Commuting Miles", and 0 for "Round Trip Average Daily Commute".) Is it going to cause problems not entering anything for commuting miles and round trip avg daily commute?
Carl commented on your question:
Is there a certain amount of out of pocket expenses one must have to make money due to IRS go down?
The commuting mileage is there to help calculate and make it clear that you cannot deduct commuting or personal mileage. The actual business use calculation excludes them - so as long as the total miles and miles driven for business purposes is correct, then the business use percentage will be correct.
However, you may not have entered this in the correct section of the program depending on his type of employment. If he was a W2 employee with vehicle expense, then you are in the correct spot with the Employment Expenses section.
However, if he was a 1099-MISC or self-employed, then these expenses are not entered under Employment Expenses. They should be entered in the Business Income and Expenses section of the program for Schedule C. When you go through the expenses, there will be a Vehicle Expenses section.
But he doesn't have any commuting miles. He is a FT student at college and works as a DJ at a bar and also works for a guy who does DJing at weddings so his mileage he kept track of is those driving to and from the weddings. He doesn't have any mileage for the DJing at the bar. And I wouldn't think he would have any Round Trip Daily Commute miles either.
I have found what the section you are referring to and yes I had it entered under the wrong section. One question though, my son bought music to play at the bar which he downloads to his laptop. Would that be considered supply expenses on the Enter Your Business Expenses page? Also, would the commute miles be the same as the miles entered as Miles Driven for Job? He doesn't have a regular place of employment.