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    After 5 years of employment, my employer wants to begin considering my compnay vehicle compensation, and therfore I would be responsible for paying income tax on the "personal use" portion of the mileage. I was surprised to hear that mileage back and forth to work is considered personal use. Are there any acceptions to that law. Namely, I am in a unique position in which I am literally on call 24/7/365, and regularly have to go back to work at odd times because of my on call status. In my mind, technically speaking I am always using the vehicle for "company business". This seems like a real grey area, any thoughts? Thanks.

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    Federal law normally says that commuting expense is personnal expense, not subject to being reimbursed on a tax free basis (IRS rules) and not hours worked (DOL rules).
    - For DOL (hours worked) the main rule is something called Portal-to-Portal. There are some exceptions to that rule. Collectively you need to look at the regulations in the 29 CFR 785.33-785.41 range.
    - For IRS the easiest place to check would probably be IRS Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses. You can download this publication from the website.
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