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Robin I am employed and work from home. My organization requires me to travel from At

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Hi Robin
I am employed and work from home. My organization requires me to travel from Atlanta (my home) to DC one week a month for work. My company does not reimburse me for my travel expenses. Can I declare my travel expenses as unreimbursed business expense. If yes, what qualifies?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lev replied 6 months ago.
Hi and welcome to our site!Deductions are allowed for all travel expenses - if that is a temporary assignment to a different location.The key in such determination is temporary-According to the IRS - you must determine whether your assignment is temporary or indefinite when you start work. If you expect an assignment or job to last for 1 year or less, it is temporary unless there are facts and circumstances that indicate otherwise.So - if that is a temporary assignment - you may deduct Per Diem, lodging and other travel expenses.
Expert:  Lev replied 6 months ago.
You may refer to the IRS publication 463 - 5 - Table 1-1. Travel Expenses You Can DeductRegarding Per Diem rate can use the standard meal allowance method as an alternative to the actual cost method. It allows you to use a set amount for your daily meals and incidental expenses (M&IE), instead of keeping records of your actual costs.Your allowable lodging expense deduction is your actual cost.Receipts are required for lodging.If you are using you car to travel to temporary job locations - you may deduct car expenses - either actual OR based on thr standard mileage rate.All these are DEDUCTIBLE work related expenses. Tools and in protective clothing which are job related are deductibleAll nontaxable reimbursements will reduce allowed deduction.How to deduct - depends if the taxpayer is an employee or a a self-employed contractor.Let me know if you need any help with reporting.