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Need to Track Your Mileage and Expenses? Here Are 6 Free Apps for That in 2021

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If you’re a Lyft or Uber driver, you already know how important it is to track your work-related mileage and expenses.

You need that information to appease the IRS gods come tax return time and to make sure you’re squeezing out every last penny in deductions.

But rideshare drivers aren’t the only people eligible for mileage tax deductions. If you drive your personal vehicle for other kinds of paid work or use it for charitable, moving or medical purposes, you may also qualify for a standard mileage rate deduction.

6 Free Mileage Tracker Apps We Love in 2021

Back in the old days, tracking mileage meant pulling a crumpled notebook out of the glove box and hoping your pen wasn’t out of ink.

But now there’s an app for everything — including ones that automatically track mileage for you.

Here are our favorites.

1. Everlance

This versatile app not only tracks your mileage but also helps you keep track of all your other business expenses.

Everlance starts and stops automatically. It detects when your car starts moving and records the miles you drive. With a quick swipe of your finger, you can categorize each trip as work-related or personal. You can also set your work hours, automatically classifying drives during those hours as business trips.

There are three pricing tiers:

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2. Stride

Stride is a free app that runs in the background, quietly logging every mile you drive and then generates an IRS-ready report that you can use to do your taxes.

Stride is available at iTunes and Google Play.

3. TripLog

TripLog has eight different options for tracking miles. There are three pricing options, all of which come with a 30-day free trial:

TripLog is available at iTunes and Google Play.

4. Hurdlr

Hurdlr tracks mileage, expenses, income and tax deductions. The three pricing options are:

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Hurdlr connects to thousands of financial institutions, allowing users to link their Hurdlr account to their bank or credit union. Every time you get paid, Hurdlr sends you a real-time notification.It also integrates with Uber, Square, Freshbooks, Stripe and Paypal to automatically import expenses and income.

Hurdlr is available on iTunes and Google Play.

5. MileIQ

MileIQ includes a free version that tracks 40 trips per month. You can also choose one of two unlimited options: The first, which costs $5.99 per month and includes unlimited mileage tracking, is said to be best for occasional driving. The second costs $4.99 per month or $59.99 billed annually, and includes automatic mileage logging for those who drive more often.

Like other mileage tracking apps, MileIQ automatically captures your drives and delivers a comprehensive mileage log whenever you need it. You can classify your drives into categories like business, personal or charity and then simply swipe with your thumb to assign them to the correct list — or let MileIQ do it automatically.

MileIQ is available on iTunes and Google Play.

6. Mileage Expense Log

Mileage Expense Log is a free app. It stands out for its included rate book that allows users to quickly check mileage rates. As long as you keep your phone’s GPS turned on, Mileage Expense Log automatically tracks and logs all your drives.

If you’re a number cruncher, you’ll enjoy sorting data by date, purpose or even vehicle. Or you can export your entire database as HTML or CSV.

Mileage Expense Log is only available for iOS on iTunes and includes support for Apple Watch.

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