Stride Tax now lets you import past mileage
Since releasing Stride Tax, we’ve heard from many drivers looking for a way to import their 2016 mileage from before they started using the app. Here’s a step-by-step guide for adding your past work mileage into the app to know exactly how much you’re actually earning this year.
How to add past mileage
Make sure you’re using the latest version of Stride Tax. Download the latest version. And that you have your documentation ready (see below for what counts as documentation, or proof of past mileage). Button below works if you're already reading this on your mobile device.
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Here's how to add mileage from the app:
#1 Go to the “Reports” tab in Stride Tax
Load the app and go to the “Reports” tab.
#2 Click the icon to Export Your Stride tax report
In the upper right hand corner, tap on the export arrow to begin the “export mileage” process.
#3 Tap the button to add past mileage
Among the choices for next steps, you’ll see an option to “Add Past Mileage.” Go ahead and click on it.
#4 Enter the previous amount of miles you’ve driven for work
From there you’ll be prompted to enter the mileage you’ve previously driven to maximize your 2016 deduction. To be prepared in the case of an audit, the IRS requires documented proof of mileage which is why we ask you to check a box that you have documentation for this mileage. Please see the FAQ below to see what counts as documentation.
Frequently asked questions
Most mileage tracking apps are paid or are switching to paid, is Stride Tax really free?
Yes, Stride Tax is currently free and will always remain that way.
How will Stride Tax always be free?
Stride is a registered third-party health insurance broker in all 50 states and earns a commission when members enroll in health insurance plans through our recommendation engine. The commissions earned from helping members find the best health insurance coverage funds the free services and products we provide to members like Stride Tax. We will never charge Stride Tax members for use of the app.
Why do I need documentation for past mileage and what counts as documentation from past mileage?
In the case of an audit, the IRS will require proof-of-mileage. Just to make sure you’re prepared, here are the types of documentation that you’ll need to provide in an audit:
- Trip summary data from the platform you work for (Uber, Lyft) Data and logs from other mileage tracking apps
- A paper and pen mileage log
- Photographs of past odometer readings for work-related mileage
- Exported mileage data from Stride Tax or other mileage tracking apps
How do I calculate my previous mileage if I haven’t been actively tracking?
Uber, Lyft and many other services provide summaries of miles driven for the app. You can use this information to tally total mileage driven in 2016.
Can I include more miles than what’s on my Uber or Lyft dashboard?
Yes, in a lot of cases you can deduct mileage driven to or from where you begin your rideshare work. For example, if you live in Berkeley but commute to San Francisco to drive for Uber, then you can deduct the mileage you drive to get to the city and to return home.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is not offered as legal or tax advice. The U.S. federal income tax discussion included in this Guide is for general information purposes only and is not a complete analysis or discussion of all potential tax consequences that may be relevant to a particular individual. In light of the foregoing, each individual should consult with and seek advice from such individual’s own tax advisor with respect to the tax consequences discussed herein. Any information contained in this Guide is not intended to be used, and cannot be used, for purposes of avoiding penalties imposed under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.