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How much can one deduct for food expenses each day on the

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How much can one deduct for food expenses each day on the road for educational trips for one's profession?
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Customer: My husband and I take classes in other parts of the country. We are both therapists for the education and airplane fares are a tax deduction. We don't know how much we can deduct per day for food?
JA: Is there anything else the Accountant should be aware of?
Customer: We usually eat at restaurants two or three times per day while away.
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Robin D. replied 12 months ago.

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Expert:  Robin D. replied 12 months ago.
  • Meal expenses are deductible if your business trip is overnight or long enough that you need to stop for substantial sleep or rest to properly perform your duties. Meal expenses are also deductible if the meal is business-related entertainment. You can figure all your travel meal expenses using either of the following methods:
    • Actual cost. If you use this method, you must keep records of your actual cost. This would mean keeping those receipts.
    • The standard meal allowance, which is the federal meals and incidental expense (M&IE) per diem rate. The GSA website lists these rates by location. Note that lower rates apply for the first and last days of travel.

The GSA site is based on where you have to go overnight so the amounts for different cities are used.

Here is a link to the site

The deduction for unreimbursed business meals is generally subject to a 50% limitation. This means that only half the actual expense or the daily allowance (should you choose that) is deducted.

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Expert:  Robin D. replied 12 months ago.

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