Hello and thank you for using Just Answer,Taxpayers generally can deduct expenses if they are working on a temporary basis away from their regular tax home.
Your tax home is where you earn your income not actually where you live even.
So if you live in one city but work in another you are not allowed to claim any expenses.
That would be commuting expense and not allowed to be deducted, unfortunately.
Okay- so in my situation, I get paid in the city where I am paying the double rent, and this is not deductible?
If that city is your main place of business then unless you are required to travel to other areas you would not be allowed to claim.v
It would only be if my job had me located at another location temporarily while still being paid at the first location?
Here is a good example the IRS usesGenerally, your tax home is the entire city or general area where your main place of business or work is located, regardless of where you maintain your family home. For example, you live with your family in Chicago but work in Milwaukee where you stay in a hotel and eat in restaurants. You return to Chicago every weekend. You may not deduct any of your travel, meals, or lodging in Milwaukee because that is your tax home. Your travel on weekends to your family home in Chicago is not for your work, so these expenses are also not deductible. If you regularly work in more than one place, your tax home is the general area where your main place of business or work is located.
Travel expenses paid or incurred in connection with a temporary work assignment away from 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.
Sounds like my coworker shouldn't have been deducting either (extra home closer to work).
Many people get mixed up about what they can and cannot deduct
They have an accountant.
But thanks for clarifying—it seemed too good to be true.
I can give you the IRS page url if you would like
It explains travel and expenses pretty easily.
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