OK, I am considering what sounds mostly like a great job that I would enjoy, but, and it is a big but, even though you receive your orders, etc. on your fax at home, and you go from home to the first patient, the company does not consider that "mileage" from the standpoint of reimbursement. They say the IRS doesn't allow them to reimburse until you are already with the first patient, then mileage reimbursement starts when you drive to the second one.
I always understood that if you worked at a regular place every day, driving there was "driving to work." But if you drove, either from the office or your home, to your first place of business, and that place changed from day to day because of the nature of the task (it would here--admissions nurse), then "business miles" started when you left the house, because you were doing the driving as a work related task, whereas if you are driving to work, you aren't "at" work yet.
All bets will be off for this job if it turns out the salary clock doesn't start until you arrive at the first patient either--they cover a large territory and I am not interested in donating both miles and my time....
Any experiences you would care to share in this regard? Am I being too picky? (I'm still a little shocky from the last clowns I worked for--wound up buying supplies and some meds, as well as marketing materials, out of my own pocket and did not get reimbursed for those~!)
Thanks in advance, all.....
Apr 22, '07
Quote from chris_at_lucas_RN
If I were driving to and from the office, then no, I should not be reimbursed. But if my work day starts by receiving orders on my fax at home, and I am driving to the patient/client's home, then I am driving for the business, not to get to the office, and it is deductible mileage, whether they reimburse or not.
I see what you're saying now that I know that you are receiving orders at home by fax. Yes, I definately think you would count that mileage.
I had 5000+ miles in 2006 that I was not reimbursed for. That company didn't pay any mileage. I was not able to deduct it on my taxes because I was paid by the company per visit and taxes were taken out as usual. I was told by the IRS that the only way I could claim those miles on my income tax would be if I had received a W-1099 from my employer. So they were useless to me. :angryfire
Last edit by DutchgirlRN on Apr 22, '07