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im a truck driver can i deduct my phone bill, its used 99%

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im a truck driver can i deduct my phone bill, its used 99% for business
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Merlo replied 6 years ago.

Hello hickory,

 

If you work as a salaried employee for a company and use your own personal cell phone for business, you may claim a deduction for this expense on Form 2106 which is the form used for nonreimbursed employee expenses. Your total expenses in this category will then transfer over to Schedule A and become part of your itemized deductions.

 

If you do not itemize your deductions, you would not be able to claim this deduction.

 

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.

i get percentage not salary does this count

Expert:  Merlo replied 6 years ago.

Hello again hickory,

 

As long as you are a regular employee of the company, as opposed to an independent contractor, that is how you would claim a deduction for this expense. Regular employees have their earnings reported to them on a W-2 form.

 

If instead you are an independent contractor and the company reports your earnings on a 1099 form, then instead of using Form 2106 to deduct this expense, you would deduct the expense on Schedule C of your tax return.

 

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Thank you hickory

 

 



Edited by Merlo on 3/14/2010 at 4:47 PM EST
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