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I am a private duty nurse. According to the state of

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I am a private duty nurse. According to the state of Wisconsin I am self employed although they pay me. I am spending a lot of time in one particular city so I am considering renting instead of a hotel. Can I write this off.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lev replied 6 months ago.
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.You may refer to the IRS publication 463 -http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p463.pdfpage 5 - Table 1-1. Travel Expenses You Can DeductRegarding Per Diem rate ...you 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.
Expert:  Lev replied 6 months ago.
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 the 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..I appreciate if you take a moment to rate the answer.Experts are ONLY credited when answers are rated positively.If you still have any doubts, need clarification - please be sure to ask.I am here to help you with all tax related issues.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Also have other clients in other areas, does this make a difference?
Expert:  Lev replied 6 months ago.
The ONLY difference will be if your your assignment is temporary or indefinite.If you have several clients and travel between different locations during the day - you might qualify to deduct transportation expenses.However for travel expenses - that MUST be a temporary assignment.