Tag Archives: Travel

Using Per Diems

Today TaxMama® hears from Raj in the TaxQuips Forum, with a common issue. Let me summarize. (You can read the discussion here ) His tax return is being audited and the IRS auditor wants copies of receipts for his hotel stays for all his travel. But he used the IRS per diem rates, so he […]

No Per Diem

Today TaxMama® hears from Angel in the TaxQuips Forum, with a naive question. “I travel out of the country, on average, 6 months a year. My company handles everything pretty well, but I do have one question. If we take a day off for whatever reason, we lose our per diem for that day. Is […]

Per Diem Wasted

Today TaxMama hears from Bob in the TaxQuips Forum, who is trying to get it right. Let me summarize.  “I live in NJ and had a temporary job in DC for 6 months in 2010 (total 196 calendar days). I used Pub 1542 [per diem rates] for DC of $258 per day ($65 M&IE and […]

Annual S Corp Meeting

Today TaxMama hears from Alyx in the TaxQuips Forum who is creative. “If you have a wife and husband S corporation, how can you write off an 8-day Caribbean cruise as a business expense for an annual meeting?  Is it true that if you have the meeting on one of the ports of call you […]

Education Commuting

Today TaxMama hears from Shawn in Indiana who tells us, “My wife is a full time college student. She commutes to school. It is about 80 miles round trip. Can we deduct the mileage on her car as an education expense?”

Employee Driving

Today TaxMama hears from B ored in Skokie, Il, who tells us, “My job requires a lot of travel to clients. My boss states that the IRS law for reimbursement is that he can only reimburse the mileage from the office to a client and from a client to the office. The issue is, that […]

IRS Notice 2007-47 – Deductibility of Lodging Expenses

[TaxMama note: This looks like a really important announcement. Especially if it means what I think it means! OK, I am sitting here trying to get my head around this phrase “not incurred in traveling away from home”. And I think I have it finally figured out – but have a call in to IRS […]

Flying Free

Today TaxMama hears from Patrick in TaxMama’s Tax Parlor, who says, “I have a question concerning frequent flyer miles. I have a friend (taxpayer) that is an employee of a consulting firm and had over 40,000 miles of air travel in the current year. His employer reimbursed all of the taxpayer’s transportation expenses, but allowed […]