Thank you for your follow up. In this case, you should have claimed $17,500 as your deduction for vehicle expenses. You need to have a log to substantiate this, so you need to have written down each trip how many miles you drove, and that total should come up to 35,000 - if you don't have this, then you cannot take the deduction.
Is there something that the auditor is questioning for your deduction?
Please let me know if you need anything additional.
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