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Travel expenses are the ordinary and necessary expenses of traveling away from home for your business, profession, or job. You cannot deduct expenses that are lavish or extravagant or that are for personal purposes.
You are traveling away from home if your duties require you to be away from the general area of your Main tax home for a period substantially longer than an ordinary day’s work.
Travel expenses paid or incurred in connection with a temporary work assignment away from Tax home are deductible. However, travel expenses paid in connection with an indefinite work assignment are not deductible. Any work assignment in excess of one year is considered indefinite. Also, you may not deduct travel expenses at a work location if it is realistically expected that you will work there for more than one year, whether or not you actually work there that long. If you realistically expect to work at a temporary location for less than one year, and the expectation changes so that at some point you realistically expect to work there for more than one year, travel expenses become nondeductible when your expectation changes.
You may deduct travel expenses, including meals and lodging, you had in looking for a new job in your present trade or business. You may not deduct these expenses if you had them while looking for work in a new trade or business or while looking for work for the first time. If you are unemployed and there is a substantial break between the time of your past work and you’re looking for new work, you may not deduct these expenses, even if the new work is in the same trade or business as your previous work.
Deductible travel expenses while away from home include:
1. Travel by airplane, train, bus, or car between your home and your business destination. If you are provided with a ticket or you are riding free as a result of a frequent traveler or similar program.
2. Using your car while at your business destination,
3. Fares for taxis or other types of transportation between the airport or train station and your hotel, the hotel and the work location, and from one customer to another, or from one place of business to another
4. Meals and lodging
5. Tips you pay for services related to any of these expenses.
6. Dry cleaning and laundry.
7. Business calls while on your business trip. This includes business communications by fax machine or other communication devices.
8. Other similar ordinary and necessary expenses related to your business travel. These expenses might include transportation to and from a business meal, public stenographer’s fees, computer rental fees, and operating and maintaining a house trailer.
If you are an employee whose deductible business entertainment expenses are fully sustained and reimbursed under an accountable plan, the reimbursement should not be included in your wages on Form W2 and you should not deduct the expenses. If you are not reimbursed fully under an accountable plan, your expenses exceed the reimbursement you received under an accountable plan, or you are not reimbursed at all and you can deduct the eligible expenses on your return.