Tax Time Fear? Not if You Use These Logbook Apps in 2019

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In the recent past, writing down your mileage on a logbook seemed intelligent.

Not anymore.

Today, writing down mileage is obsolete. We are living in the digital age of automation, ease of doing things, and convenience.

In the USA, the Internal Revenue Service has recognized the importance of automation, allowing numerous logbook apps to be used to log mileage and vehicle expenses for tax deduction purposes.

The mileage logging apps available today allow:

  • GPS tracking,
  • mileage logging,
  • expenses tracking,
  • provide reimbursement data, and
  • can even locate the nearest fuel pump.

To help you get the most out of your mileage and deduct your taxes according to the Internal Revenue Service rules, take a look at the following best mileage trackers.

1. GOFAR

The GOFAR logbook app comes with a device that easily plugs into your dashboard and then synchronizes all the data it collects to your smartphone.

You can literally track everything about your car using the GOFAR app.

It has an abundance of advantages and here are some highlights:

  • Fuel saving – After doing at least six tests, GOFAR delivered up to 9.8% fuel saving in the 50,000 mile’s test. This translates to about 10 cents for every liter of fuel used.
  • Car health – GOFAR monitors your vehicle’s health and alerts you when it has a problem. It will explain the problem to you in plain English and help you resolve it before it becomes too dear.
  • Monitoring business expenses – The app can help you monitor all your car’s operating costs. All you need to do is to swipe on the business trips and the app will do the rest. Even better, you can export this report into an Excel sheet.

Other benefits of using GOFAR include:

  • Free lifetime updates
  • Risk-free one-off purchase including 100% money-back guarantee and free returns within 60 days (just in case you’re not satisfied, which we doubt)
  • No ongoing fees or contracts
  • Free shipping and
  • 1-year warranty.

You can download GOFAR on both your iOS and Android devices and see for yourself how fabulous it is.

2. TripLog

TripLog comes in three versions: 

  1. Free Lite
  2. Paid Basic
  3. Professional and Enterprise

You can download TripLog mileage and gas tracker from both Google Play Store and iTunes and install it on both iPhone and Android-friendly devices as well as on an Apple watch.

The app is equally beneficial for large enterprises, individuals and small businesses.

Among its users are caravanners, truckers, realtors, contractors, and self-employed individuals such as Uber and Lyft rideshare drivers as well as many other drivers.

Its pros include:

  • Mileage tracking options The app gives you up to 6 different options of tracking mileage including manual GPS tracking, iBeacon, Plug-N-Go, Odometer scanner, connection to Bluetooth and MagicTrip automatic smart tracking.
  • Trip map – This feature allows you to see your daily trips, and all these on one map.
  • Snap expenses record – TripLog allows you to track your expenses and income. It also gives you an option to export the records into Quickbooks or Concur.
  • Automatic starting and stopping – As long as TripLog is connected to a power source or to a Bluetooth device, and the driver has driven for more than five miles per hour, or set the time frame, the app will automatically start at the beginning of the trip and stop at the end of the trip.
  • Other mileage calculation – TripLog will calculate the estimated mileage reimbursement, reimbursement savings, and all the manual hours entered as well as the estimated labor savings.

However, this logbook app has its cons too.

It is unfortunate that with TripLog, you’ll only be able to auto-track miles if you are a paid subscriber. Luckily, you can pay as little as $2 per month to be able to use the auto-tracking feature.

3. Driversnote

This logbook app comes in three categories – lite version, basic version, and enterprise version, the first lite version being free for all users.

The app is available on both Google Play and iTunes stores.

Driversnote is an intelligent logbook app that automatically tracks your mileage and documents it for the mileage deduction claims.

It is ideal for self-employed individuals, employees, and employers who are looking for IRS-compliant logs and reports for both the business and personal trips.

The pros of this logbook app are:

  • Automatic calculation The app automatically calculates your odometer reading, distances covered, and reimbursement owed.
  • Automatic start and stop The moment you either push the start or stop button, the app will automatically register the trip using GPS and instantly show you the reimbursement owed.
  • Automatic backup You won’t have to worry about losing your mileage log if you’ve lost your phone. This app automatically backs up your trip data on the server.
  • Easy reporting You can either print your mileage report or download it as a PDF document whenever you want it. Driversnote always updates the tax rates so that you don’t need to think about it.

But it has several cons too:

  • If you opt for the free version, you’re restricted to only 20 trips per month.
  • Your smartphone’s battery life will be decreased significantly if you leave the app on.
  • The app does not automatically log the tolls during your trip.

4. DriverDirect

DriverDirect is a logbook app that was developed by Toyota Fleet Management.

You can find the app on iTunes and Google Play Store.

This logbook app has been designed to log your trips, find the fuel station that is nearest to you, locate all Toyota dealers nearby, and record where your car is at any particular moment.

Here are its many pros summed up:

  • The app can log miles for multiple vehicles using either manual entry or GPS.
  • It gives you the option to filter personal and business drives as many other logbook apps do.
  • It provides a fuel locator where you just need to enter your postcode or the suburb and then filter using the brand or loyalty card of your fuel provider.
  • You can record and edit your trip history and then produce your logbook for tax purposes.
  • You can generate a report either as a CSV file or a PDF file.
  • You can capture other business expenses such as tolls and parking.
  • The app has a Toyota dealer locator.

Its main drawback it that it uses GPS tracking which consumes a lot of your smartphone battery life.

5. Vehicle Logger

The Vehicle Logger app is used to create and share vehicle logos for parameters such as fuel expenses, mileage, and tax deduction for multiple vehicles.

Like many other similar logbook apps, it can be used by contract workers, small businesses, and self-employed and other individuals.

It is only available on Google Play Store and therefore it can only be used on Android devices.

Pros:

  • You can either track your mileage using GPS or you can enter the odometer readings manually.
  • It supports calendar integration, multiple vehicle mileage logging, and allows trip descriptions.
  • It captures your receipts.
  • Among the expenses it logs are tolls, fuel, vehicle maintenance, parking, and car registration.
  • It supports Bluetooth integration.
  • You can back up the report on Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, and Google Drive.
  • You can download the mileage reports in PDF or CSV extract and send them directly to your tax accountant or financial specialist.

Cons:

  • It doesn’t work when another GPS app is running.
  • It cannot be used on iOS devices.

6. Travel Logs Vehicle Logbook

It is a next-generation technology for vehicle logbook designed to track trips for multiple vehicles using automated features such as GPS real-time tracking.

It is useful for individuals running multiple vehicles such as fleet owners who want to track everything ranging from expenses, credit, and maintenance to scheduling.

Besides enabling its users to track multiple vehicles drives, the app has other pros:

  • It is IRS compliant.
  • You can back up the data on Dropbox or iCloud.
  • It allows automatic connection to your car’s Bluetooth.
  • It logs details such as vehicle type, location, the purpose of the trip, date and the odometer reading.
  • It has an enabled GPS tracking which auto-fills your car’s location and the distance covered during the trip
  • The app tracks vehicle expenses such as servicing and maintenance.
  • You can export the report in CSV format.
  • It allows for calendar integration.

As for this logbook cons:

  • You have to purchase the app, with a minimum subscription of $0.99
  • It uses GPS which drains your battery very fast.

Ready to finally overcome that tax time fear that follows you like a shade year by year? 

Great! Welcome the new tax season well-equipped.

Get yourself a logbook app you can always rely on and the fear’s gone for good. 

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