If you’re a Lyft or Uber driver, you already know the importance of tracking your work-related mileage and expenses.
You need this information to appease the IRS gods at tax return time and to make sure you’re squeezing every last penny of deductions.
But passengers aren’t the only people entitled to mileage tax deductions. If you drive your personal vehicle for other paid activities, or use it for charity, removal, or medical purposes, you may also be eligible for a standard mileage allowance.
6 Free Mileage Tracker Apps We Love
In the past, tracking mileage meant pulling a crumpled notebook out of the glove compartment and hoping the pen wasn’t empty.
But now there is an app for everything – including those that automatically track the mileage for you.
Here are our favorites.
This versatile app not only tracks your mileage, but also helps you keep track of all other business expenses.
Everlance starts and stops automatically. It recognizes when your car starts moving and records the kilometers driven. With a flick of your finger, you can categorize any trip as business or private. You can also set your working hours and automatically classify trips as business trips during these times.
There are three price levels:
- basic: Pay nothing to track 30 automatic journeys a month. You also get unlimited receipt uploads and IRS compliant reports.
- Bonus: Get unlimited auto rides per month for $ 5 per month billed annually or $ 8 per month billed monthly. You can also sync your credit and debit cards, get PDF and Excel reports, and get a withdrawal finder, among other things.
- Premium +: For $ 10 per month billed annually or $ 12 per month billed monthly, you can get all of the premium level features as well as individual training with an account manager and customer support.
Stride is a free app that runs in the background, quietly logs every mile you drive, and then generates an IRS-enabled report that you can use to take care of your taxes.
Stride is available on iTunes and Google Play.
TripLog offers eight different options for tracking miles. There are three pricing options, all of which come with a 30-day free trial:
- Lite: This free, manual option is for a single user and tracks up to 40 trips per month, tolls and parking fees. It is only available as an app, not on the web.
- bonus: This option is for up to 10 users and costs $ 4.99 per user per month or $ 59.99 if billed annually. It is available both as an app and on the web and records trips automatically. You can also add expenses like fuel and food costs.
- Bonus + time: This option is for up to 10 users and costs $ 6.67 per month of user or $ 79.99 if billed annually. In addition to the functions of the Premium plan, it includes time recording, time recording for clocking in and out and much more.
TripLog is available on iTunes and Google Play.
Hurdlr tracks mileage, expenses, income and tax deductions. The three pricing options are:
- Free: This version includes unlimited mileage tracking as well as the ability to add income and expenses. It also provides a summary of tax calculations and a function to export or email reports.
- Bonus: For $ 5 per month billed annually or $ 8 per month billed monthly, you get unlimited mileage tracking, plus expense tracking and income tracking. You will also get calculations for state and self-employed taxes.
- Professional: This option costs $ 10 per month and is billed annually. In addition to the premium features, you get annual tax returns as well as invoicing, bookkeeping, advanced bookkeeping, and more.
Hurdlr connects to thousands of financial institutions so users can link their Hurdlr account to their bank or credit union. Every time you get paid, Hurdlr will send you a real-time notification. It also integrates with Uber, Square, Freshbooks, Stripe, and Paypal to automatically import expenses and income.
Hurdlr is available on iTunes and Google Play.
MileIQ includes a free version that records 40 trips per month. You can also choose one of two unlimited options: the first, which costs $ 5.99 per month and includes unlimited mileage tracking, is said to be best for casual trips. The second costs $ 4.99 per month or $ 59.99 per year and includes automatic odometer counting for those who drive more often.
Like other apps for mileage tracking, MileIQ automatically records your journeys and provides a comprehensive mileage log if required. You can categorize your drives into categories like business, personal, or charity and then simply swipe your thumb to put them on the correct list – or let MileIQ do it for you.
MileIQ is available on iTunes and Google Play.
6. Travel expenses accounting
The kilometer cost log is a free app. It stands out for its included rate book, which allows users to quickly check the mileage rates. As long as you leave your phone’s GPS on, the Mileage Expense Log automatically tracks and records all of your trips.
If you’re a numbers crackers, you’ll enjoy sorting data by date, purpose, or even vehicle. Or you can export your entire database as HTML or CSV.
The Mileage Expense Log is only available for iOS on iTunes and includes support for the Apple Watch.
Lisa McGreevy is a former employee of The Penny Hoarder.