We do not get reimbursed for milegae to and from work. However
, if I travel to my first visit and it is much further than to the office, I deduct the trip to the office from the mileage.
Eg from home to first visit is 14 mi, subtract 7 mi for trip to office from home = 7 mi counted toward first visit.
I was told when I started no one is ever paid to go to and from work. I never count the miles I travel back to home, though it is less than the office, and technically I am working in my own "office", but, since I am home, I don't count a return trip that day unless I do go back to the office, like I did today, just to kep up with the papers shoved in my drawer to sign, and I wanted to get some charts for tomorrow, I have a recert I want to work on tonight. It will cut out some office time tomorrow.
Yes, I would say that you should count mileage for lunch if your lunch stop is midway between one visit and another. I usually do the city in the am, stop home for luch, then do the township after luch, my home is in the middle, so that's why I do it that way.
Bottom line is, I am pretty honest, and I don't abuse the milegae, but I also round off, no way am I counting tenths of miles! If it took me 5.8 miles to get somewhere, I count 6, next visit if it took 3.1, I count three. It all balances out.
Hope that helps a little.