We recently removed the Car Cleaning expense category from the Rideshare job’s expense list for the 2018 year.
Typically, routine car cleaning counts as a “maintenance” expense, and is included in the standard mileage rate. However, rideshare drivers buy car washes at a rate that is far above the norm, and for reasons other than maintenance (since car cleanliness is expected for rideshare drivers).
While Stride believes this expense should be allowed - it has unfortunately come to our attention that some tax preparers may not allow you to claim this expense.
If you saved a Car Cleaning expense to your account at any point, that expense will still appear in your deduction report, which you can access via the menu of your app. For the rest of 2018, the Car Cleaning expense category will no longer be available.
Stride still believes this expense should be deductible; if you'd like to deduct your car cleaning expense, we recommend using the "Other Expenses" section of your Schedule C to deduct it on your tax return.
If you have any questions about the above, please feel free to reach out to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.