Mileage expenses need to be documented. If you've got the documentation and the miles are "ordinary and necessary" to your ride-share business, suspicion shouldn't be an issue. Recently I've heard of more mail audits for schedule c filers showing negative income, usually all they want from ride-share drivers is the mileage log. I understand your concern but really all you have to do is send them a copy of your mileage log and your good. Let them be suspicious if they want!With the IRS standard deduction of $.55/ mile and uber paying $.65 /mile only with the passenger in the the vehicle what would be expected reported income? Would it be suspicious to the IRS to claim negative income?
I'm sure they do and I'm sure they know many do not keep proper mileage logs. Sending an audit my mail cost them hardly anything and they will eventually land a big fish that way over stated their miles.The IRS has to know about it by now. The simple fact is that uber/lyft drivers are being paid a fraction perm mile of what taxi/towncar drivers who are using the same vehicles get paid.
The saving grace is that the IRS deduction figure is calculated using information from independent 3rd party sources.
The other saving grace is that most politicians have shiny sports cars they use for l business reasons and they like deductions to.
Your getting florida rates,I'm sure they do and I'm sure they know many do not keep proper mileage logs. Sending an audit my mail cost them hardly anything and they will eventually land a big fish that way over stated their miles.
Many here say my mileage log is too much before they even give it a try. I'll be the fish that the IRS has to toss back because I am out of season.