Automatic Mileage Tracking with MileIQ
You use your vehicle for business purpose and you need a way to track mileage, so you know (and can prove to CRA) how much driving was for business versus personal.
Maybe you started a mileage log book but, if you’re consistent with it, it feels like a time suck. Or, if you’re like me, it’s got lots of holes in it.
Others settle for trying their luck and cross their fingers CRA doesn’t come looking. Problem with that is, if you can’t provide a mileage log, CRA can deny all vehicle-related expenses, even when they know that part of your work requires driving. Ouch!
Enters the mileage tracking apps. I’ve been test driving one for the last few months called MileIQ.
MileIQ is an app you install on your smartphone and connects to its GPS sensor. It's available for Android and iPhone.
It automatically starts tracking your mileage when you move faster than a certain speed and automatically stops when the speed decrease again. From that automatic reading, you get a “Drives” pop up with your itinerary on google map next time you open the app, and it asks you to swipe right for business and left for personal. Ta-da!
Other helpful features
Create custom sub-categories on the business and personal side, or have multiple vehicle, if you have more granular tracking needs.
Set business hours, so you don’t have to swipe a bunch of personal trip needlessly.
Turn on “frequent drive” which will allow MileIQ to learn and automatically categorize your regular routes.
Login to the company’s website to create report, or classify your Drives in bulk if you’ve fallen behind.
The basic package is free and gives you tracking for 40 drives per month.
The premium version, which gives you unlimited drives, is $6 per month (or free if you are on Office 365 Business Premium).
They have volume discount (for team) and prepayment discounts. And if you are one of our client, ask us for our partner discount.
I found that it works very good. It never missed a drive for me.
I had a few false positive on my bike (yeah, I’m that fast!). Once, when I stepped out of the car as I got home and immediately took the kids for a walk to the park, the Drive didn’t stop tracking until I stopped walking (I might have ran some of the way with the kids too). It was easy to deleted those “Drives”.
It’s made my mileage tracking so effortless and forgiving, I feel the price is well worth the gain in automation and time savings, and the peace of mind knowing that I'm CRA-ready.
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