It’s the first week of the year: go out to your car and write down your mileage. I note mine on my calendar for January 1st. It could come in handy at tax time next year.
Speaking of mileage, in July, 2011 the IRS changed the amount businesses can claim for business miles, so there are two rates for the year. When you figure out your mileage for your taxes (or hand your paperwork over to your accountant), you need to add up your mileage from January-June and then from July-December. You’ll be able to deduct an extra 4.5¢ for miles driven in the second half of the year. If you drive a lot for business, it can really add up.