My roommate sometimes drives me from home to my clients’ offices (not my working office) 1 to 3 times a week. And due to the COVID-19, my roommate sends me to my clients’ offices every day (round trip) now. I pay him part of the fuel costs periodically. I am wondering how can I claim such an expense for tax return?
Here are the key points of the expense:
1. The fuel bills were paid directly by my roommate, but I still transfer the money to him for the amount occurring during the trip sending me to work/picking me home.
2. I do not work in my company’s office, instead, I need to go to my clients’ offices 1-3 times per week. And those are the times the expenses occur.
3. When my roommate drops me off, he will drive back home since most of his activities are home based. Can I claim the costs for his return trip as I pay the fuel cost for that part too. And the same story when it comes to the fact that my roommate needs to leave home to pick me up from my clients’ offices when I’m off work.
What method should I use to record such an expense? Would the record of traveling time and distance be enough? Thank you very much in advance.