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State income tax form 26. State income tax form   Car Expenses and Other Employee Business Expenses Table of Contents What's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Travel ExpensesTraveling Away From Home Tax Home Temporary Assignment or Job What Travel Expenses Are Deductible? Travel in the United States Travel Outside the United States Conventions Entertainment Expenses50% Limit What Entertainment Expenses Are Deductible? What Entertainment Expenses Are Not Deductible? Gift Expenses Transportation ExpensesArmed Forces reservists. State income tax form Parking fees. State income tax form Advertising display on car. State income tax form Car pools. State income tax form Hauling tools or instruments. State income tax form Union members' trips from a union hall. State income tax form Car Expenses RecordkeepingHow To Prove Expenses How Long To Keep Records and Receipts How To ReportGifts. State income tax form Statutory employees. State income tax form Reimbursements Completing Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ Special Rules What's New Standard mileage rate. State income tax form  For 2013, the standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car for business use is 56½ cents per mile. State income tax form Car expenses and use of the standard mileage rate are explained under Transportation Expenses , later. State income tax form Depreciation limits on cars, trucks, and vans. State income tax form  For 2013, the first-year limit on the total section 179 deduction, special depreciation allowance, and depreciation deduction for cars remains at $11,160 ($3,160 if you elect not to claim the special depreciation allowance). State income tax form For trucks and vans the first-year limit remains at $11,360 ($3,360 if you elect not to claim the special depreciation allowance). State income tax form For more information, see Depreciation limits in Publication 463. State income tax form Introduction You may be able to deduct the ordinary and necessary business-related expenses you have for: Travel, Entertainment, Gifts, or Transportation. State income tax form An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your trade or business. State income tax form A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your business. State income tax form An expense does not have to be required to be considered necessary. State income tax form This chapter explains the following. State income tax form What expenses are deductible. State income tax form How to report your expenses on your return. State income tax form What records you need to prove your expenses. State income tax form How to treat any expense reimbursements you may receive. State income tax form Who does not need to use this chapter. State income tax form   If you are an employee, you will not need to read this chapter if all of the following are true. State income tax form You fully accounted to your employer for your work-related expenses. State income tax form You received full reimbursement for your expenses. State income tax form Your employer required you to return any excess reimbursement and you did so. State income tax form There is no amount shown with a code “L” in box 12 of your Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement. State income tax form If you meet all of these conditions, there is no need to show the expenses or the reimbursements on your return. State income tax form See Reimbursements , later, if you would like more information on reimbursements and accounting to your employer. State income tax form    If you meet these conditions and your employer included reimbursements on your Form W-2 in error, ask your employer for a corrected Form W-2. State income tax form Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 463 Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses 535 Business Expenses Form (and Instructions) Schedule A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions Schedule C (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Business Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) Net Profit From Business Schedule F (Form 1040) Profit or Loss From Farming Form 2106 Employee Business Expenses Form 2106-EZ Unreimbursed Employee Business Expenses Travel Expenses If you temporarily travel away from your tax home, you can use this section to determine if you have deductible travel expenses. State income tax form This section discusses: Traveling away from home, Tax home, Temporary assignment or job, and What travel expenses are deductible. State income tax form It also discusses the standard meal allowance, rules for travel inside and outside the United States, and deductible convention expenses. State income tax form Travel expenses defined. State income tax form   For tax purposes, travel expenses are the ordinary and necessary expenses (defined earlier) of traveling away from home for your business, profession, or job. State income tax form   You will find examples of deductible travel expenses in Table 26-1 . State income tax form Traveling Away From Home You are traveling away from home if: Your duties require you to be away from the general area of your tax home (defined later) substantially longer than an ordinary day's work, and You need to sleep or rest to meet the demands of your work while away from home. State income tax form This rest requirement is not satisfied by merely napping in your car. State income tax form You do not have to be away from your tax home for a whole day or from dusk to dawn as long as your relief from duty is long enough to get necessary sleep or rest. State income tax form Example 1. State income tax form You are a railroad conductor. State income tax form You leave your home terminal on a regularly scheduled round-trip run between two cities and return home 16 hours later. State income tax form During the run, you have 6 hours off at your turnaround point where you eat two meals and rent a hotel room to get necessary sleep before starting the return trip. State income tax form You are considered to be away from home. State income tax form Example 2. State income tax form You are a truck driver. State income tax form You leave your terminal and return to it later the same day. State income tax form You get an hour off at your turnaround point to eat. State income tax form Because you are not off to get necessary sleep and the brief time off is not an adequate rest period, you are not traveling away from home. State income tax form Members of the Armed Forces. State income tax form   If you are a member of the U. State income tax form S. State income tax form Armed Forces on a permanent duty assignment overseas, you are not traveling away from home. State income tax form You cannot deduct your expenses for meals and lodging. State income tax form You cannot deduct these expenses even if you have to maintain a home in the United States for your family members who are not allowed to accompany you overseas. State income tax form If you are transferred from one permanent duty station to another, you may have deductible moving expenses, which are explained in Publication 521, Moving Expenses. State income tax form    A naval officer assigned to permanent duty aboard a ship that has regular eating and living facilities has a tax home aboard ship for travel expense purposes. State income tax form Tax Home To determine whether you are traveling away from home, you must first determine the location of your tax home. State income tax form Generally, your tax home is your regular place of business or post of duty, regardless of where you maintain your family home. State income tax form It includes the entire city or general area in which your business or work is located. State income tax form If you have more than one regular place of business, your tax home is your main place of business. State income tax form See Main place of business or work , later. State income tax form If you do not have a regular or a main place of business because of the nature of your work, then your tax home may be the place where you regularly live. State income tax form See No main place of business or work , later. State income tax form If you do not have a regular or a main place of business or post of duty and there is no place where you regularly live, you are considered an itinerant (a transient) and your tax home is wherever you work. State income tax form As an itinerant, you cannot claim a travel expense deduction because you are never considered to be traveling away from home. State income tax form Main place of business or work. State income tax form   If you have more than one place of business or work, consider the following when determining which one is your main place of business or work. State income tax form The total time you ordinarily spend in each place. State income tax form The level of your business activity in each place. State income tax form Whether your income from each place is significant or insignificant. State income tax form Example. State income tax form You live in Cincinnati where you have a seasonal job for 8 months each year and earn $40,000. State income tax form You work the other 4 months in Miami, also at a seasonal job, and earn $15,000. State income tax form Cincinnati is your main place of work because you spend most of your time there and earn most of your income there. State income tax form No main place of business or work. State income tax form   You may have a tax home even if you do not have a regular or main place of business or work. State income tax form Your tax home may be the home where you regularly live. State income tax form Factors used to determine tax home. State income tax form   If you do not have a regular or main place of business or work, use the following three factors to determine where your tax home is. State income tax form You perform part of your business in the area of your main home and use that home for lodging while doing business in the area. State income tax form You have living expenses at your main home that you duplicate because your business requires you to be away from that home. State income tax form You have not abandoned the area in which both your historical place of lodging and your claimed main home are located; you have a member or members of your family living at your main home; or you often use that home for lodging. State income tax form   If you satisfy all three factors, your tax home is the home where you regularly live. State income tax form If you satisfy only two factors, you may have a tax home depending on all the facts and circumstances. State income tax form If you satisfy only one factor, you are an itinerant; your tax home is wherever you work and you cannot deduct travel expenses. State income tax form Example. State income tax form You are single and live in Boston in an apartment you rent. State income tax form You have worked for your employer in Boston for a number of years. State income tax form Your employer enrolls you in a 12-month executive training program. State income tax form You do not expect to return to work in Boston after you complete your training. State income tax form During your training, you do not do any work in Boston. State income tax form Instead, you receive classroom and on-the-job training throughout the United States. State income tax form You keep your apartment in Boston and return to it frequently. State income tax form You use your apartment to conduct your personal business. State income tax form You also keep up your community contacts in Boston. State income tax form When you complete your training, you are transferred to Los Angeles. State income tax form You do not satisfy factor (1) because you did not work in Boston. State income tax form You satisfy factor (2) because you had duplicate living expenses. State income tax form You also satisfy factor (3) because you did not abandon your apartment in Boston as your main home, you kept your community contacts, and you frequently returned to live in your apartment. State income tax form Therefore, you have a tax home in Boston. State income tax form Tax home different from family home. State income tax form   If you (and your family) do not live at your tax home (defined earlier), you cannot deduct the cost of traveling between your tax home and your family home. State income tax form You also cannot deduct the cost of meals and lodging while at your tax home. State income tax form See Example 1 . State income tax form   If you are working temporarily in the same city where you and your family live, you may be considered as traveling away from home. State income tax form See Example 2 . State income tax form Example 1. State income tax form You are a truck driver and you and your family live in Tucson. State income tax form You are employed by a trucking firm that has its terminal in Phoenix. State income tax form At the end of your long runs, you return to your home terminal in Phoenix and spend one night there before returning home. State income tax form You cannot deduct any expenses you have for meals and lodging in Phoenix or the cost of traveling from Phoenix to Tucson. State income tax form This is because Phoenix is your tax home. State income tax form Example 2. State income tax form Your family home is in Pittsburgh, where you work 12 weeks a year. State income tax form The rest of the year you work for the same employer in Baltimore. State income tax form In Baltimore, you eat in restaurants and sleep in a rooming house. State income tax form Your salary is the same whether you are in Pittsburgh or Baltimore. State income tax form Because you spend most of your working time and earn most of your salary in Baltimore, that city is your tax home. State income tax form You cannot deduct any expenses you have for meals and lodging there. State income tax form However, when you return to work in Pittsburgh, you are away from your tax home even though you stay at your family home. State income tax form You can deduct the cost of your round trip between Baltimore and Pittsburgh. State income tax form You can also deduct your part of your family's living expenses for meals and lodging while you are living and working in Pittsburgh. State income tax form Temporary Assignment or Job You may regularly work at your tax home and also work at another location. State income tax form It may not be practical to return to your tax home from this other location at the end of each work day. State income tax form Temporary assignment vs. State income tax form indefinite assignment. State income tax form   If your assignment or job away from your main place of work is temporary, your tax home does not change. State income tax form You are considered to be away from home for the whole period you are away from your main place of work. State income tax form You can deduct your travel expenses if they otherwise qualify for deduction. State income tax form Generally, a temporary assignment in a single location is one that is realistically expected to last (and does in fact last) for 1 year or less. State income tax form   However, if your assignment or job is indefinite, the location of the assignment or job becomes your new tax home and you cannot deduct your travel expenses while there. State income tax form An assignment or job in a single location is considered indefinite if it is realistically expected to last for more than 1 year, whether or not it actually lasts for more than 1 year. State income tax form   If your assignment is indefinite, you must include in your income any amounts you receive from your employer for living expenses, even if they are called travel allowances and you account to your employer for them. State income tax form You may be able to deduct the cost of relocating to your new tax home as a moving expense. State income tax form See Publication 521 for more information. State income tax form Exception for federal crime investigations or prosecutions. State income tax form   If you are a federal employee participating in a federal crime investigation or prosecution, you are not subject to the 1-year rule. State income tax form This means you may be able to deduct travel expenses even if you are away from your tax home for more than 1 year, provided you meet the other requirements for deductibility. State income tax form   For you to qualify, the Attorney General (or his or her designee) must certify that you are traveling: For the federal government, In a temporary duty status, and To investigate or prosecute, or provide support services for the investigation or prosecution of a federal crime. State income tax form Determining temporary or indefinite. State income tax form   You must determine whether your assignment is temporary or indefinite when you start work. State income tax form 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. State income tax form An assignment or job that is initially temporary may become indefinite due to changed circumstances. State income tax form A series of assignments to the same location, all for short periods but that together cover a long period, may be considered an indefinite assignment. State income tax form Going home on days off. State income tax form   If you go back to your tax home from a temporary assignment on your days off, you are not considered away from home while you are in your hometown. State income tax form You cannot deduct the cost of your meals and lodging there. State income tax form However, you can deduct your travel expenses, including meals and lodging, while traveling between your temporary place of work and your tax home. State income tax form You can claim these expenses up to the amount it would have cost you to stay at your temporary place of work. State income tax form   If you keep your hotel room during your visit home, you can deduct the cost of your hotel room. State income tax form In addition, you can deduct your expenses of returning home up to the amount you would have spent for meals had you stayed at your temporary place of work. State income tax form Probationary work period. State income tax form   If you take a job that requires you to move, with the understanding that you will keep the job if your work is satisfactory during a probationary period, the job is indefinite. State income tax form You cannot deduct any of your expenses for meals and lodging during the probationary period. State income tax form What Travel Expenses Are Deductible? Once you have determined that you are traveling away from your tax home, you can determine what travel expenses are deductible. State income tax form You can deduct ordinary and necessary expenses you have when you travel away from home on business. State income tax form The type of expense you can deduct depends on the facts and your circumstances. State income tax form Table 26-1 summarizes travel expenses you may be able to deduct. State income tax form You may have other deductible travel expenses that are not covered there, depending on the facts and your circumstances. State income tax form When you travel away from home on business, you should keep records of all the expenses you have and any advances you receive from your employer. State income tax form You can use a log, diary, notebook, or any other written record to keep track of your expenses. State income tax form The types of expenses you need to record, along with supporting documentation, are described in Table 26-2 , later. State income tax form Separating costs. State income tax form   If you have one expense that includes the costs of meals, entertainment, and other services (such as lodging or transportation), you must allocate that expense between the cost of meals and entertainment and the cost of other services. State income tax form You must have a reasonable basis for making this allocation. State income tax form For example, you must allocate your expenses if a hotel includes one or more meals in its room charge. State income tax form Travel expenses for another individual. State income tax form   If a spouse, dependent, or other individual goes with you (or your employee) on a business trip or to a business convention, you generally cannot deduct his or her travel expenses. State income tax form Employee. State income tax form   You can deduct the travel expenses of someone who goes with you if that person: Is your employee, Has a bona fide business purpose for the travel, and Would otherwise be allowed to deduct the travel expenses. State income tax form Business associate. State income tax form   If a business associate travels with you and meets the conditions in (2) and (3) above, you can deduct the travel expenses you have for that person. State income tax form A business associate is someone with whom you could reasonably expect to engage or deal in the active conduct of your business. State income tax form A business associate can be a current or prospective (likely to become) customer, client, supplier, employee, agent, partner, or professional advisor. State income tax form Bona fide business purpose. State income tax form   A bona fide business purpose exists if you can prove a real business purpose for the individual's presence. State income tax form Incidental services, such as typing notes or assisting in entertaining customers, are not enough to make the expenses deductible. State income tax form Example. State income tax form Jerry drives to Chicago on business and takes his wife, Linda, with him. State income tax form Linda is not Jerry's employee. State income tax form Linda occasionally types notes, performs similar services, and accompanies Jerry to luncheons and dinners. State income tax form The performance of these services does not establish that her presence on the trip is necessary to the conduct of Jerry's business. State income tax form Her expenses are not deductible. State income tax form Jerry pays $199 a day for a double room. State income tax form A single room costs $149 a day. State income tax form He can deduct the total cost of driving his car to and from Chicago, but only $149 a day for his hotel room. State income tax form If he uses public transportation, he can deduct only his fare. State income tax form Table 26-1. State income tax form Travel Expenses You Can Deduct This chart summarizes expenses you can deduct when you travel away from home for business purposes. State income tax form IF you have expenses for. State income tax form . State income tax form . State income tax form THEN you can deduct the cost of. State income tax form . State income tax form . State income tax form transportation travel by airplane, train, bus, or car between your home and your business destination. State income tax form If you were provided with a ticket or you are riding free as a result of a frequent traveler or similar program, your cost is zero. State income tax form If you travel by ship, see Luxury Water Travel and Cruise ships (under Conventions) in Publication 463 for additional rules and limits. State income tax form taxi, commuter bus, and airport limousine fares for these and other types of transportation that take you between: The airport or station and your hotel, and The hotel and the work location of your customers or clients, your business meeting place, or your temporary work location. State income tax form baggage and shipping sending baggage and sample or display material between your regular and temporary work locations. State income tax form car operating and maintaining your car when traveling away from home on business. State income tax form You can deduct actual expenses or the standard mileage rate as well as business-related tolls and parking. State income tax form If you rent a car while away from home on business, you can deduct only the business-use portion of the expenses. State income tax form lodging and meals your lodging and meals if your business trip is overnight or long enough that you need to stop for sleep or rest to properly perform your duties. State income tax form Meals include amounts spent for food, beverages, taxes, and related tips. State income tax form See Meals and Incidental Expenses for additional rules and limits. State income tax form cleaning dry cleaning and laundry. State income tax form telephone business calls while on your business trip. State income tax form This includes business communication by fax machine or other communication devices. State income tax form tips tips you pay for any expenses in this chart. State income tax form other other similar ordinary and necessary expenses related to your business travel. State income tax form These expenses might include transportation to or from a business meal, public stenographer's fees, computer rental fees, and operating and maintaining a house trailer. State income tax form Meals and Incidental Expenses You can deduct the cost of meals in either of the following situations. State income tax form It is necessary for you to stop for substantial sleep or rest to properly perform your duties while traveling away from home on business. State income tax form The meal is business-related entertainment. State income tax form Business-related entertainment is discussed under Entertainment Expenses , later. State income tax form The following discussion deals only with meals (and incidental expenses) that are not business-related entertainment. State income tax form Lavish or extravagant. State income tax form   You cannot deduct expenses for meals that are lavish or extravagant. State income tax form An expense is not considered lavish or extravagant if it is reasonable based on the facts and circumstances. State income tax form Expenses will not be disallowed merely because they are more than a fixed dollar amount or take place at deluxe restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, or resorts. State income tax form 50% limit on meals. State income tax form   You can figure your meal expenses using either of the following methods. State income tax form Actual cost. State income tax form The standard meal allowance. State income tax form Both of these methods are explained below. State income tax form But, regardless of the method you use, you generally can deduct only 50% of the unreimbursed cost of your meals. State income tax form   If you are reimbursed for the cost of your meals, how you apply the 50% limit depends on whether your employer's reimbursement plan was accountable or nonaccountable. State income tax form If you are not reimbursed, the 50% limit applies whether the unreimbursed meal expense is for business travel or business entertainment. State income tax form The 50% limit is explained later under Entertainment Expenses . State income tax form Accountable and nonaccountable plans are discussed later under Reimbursements . State income tax form Actual cost. State income tax form   You can use the actual cost of your meals to figure the amount of your expense before reimbursement and application of the 50% deduction limit. State income tax form If you use this method, you must keep records of your actual cost. State income tax form Standard meal allowance. State income tax form   Generally, you can use the “standard meal allowance” method as an alternative to the actual cost method. State income tax form 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. State income tax form The set amount varies depending on where and when you travel. State income tax form In this chapter, “standard meal allowance” refers to the federal rate for M&IE, discussed later under Amount of standard meal allowance . State income tax form If you use the standard meal allowance, you still must keep records to prove the time, place, and business purpose of your travel. State income tax form See Recordkeeping , later. State income tax form Incidental expenses. State income tax form   The term “incidental expenses” means fees and tips given to porters, baggage carriers, hotel staff, and staff on ships. State income tax form Incidental expenses do not include expenses for laundry, cleaning and pressing of clothing, lodging taxes, costs of telegrams or telephone calls, transportation between places of lodging or business and places where meals are taken, or the mailing cost of filing travel vouchers and paying employer-sponsored charge card billings. State income tax form Incidental expenses only method. State income tax form   You can use an optional method (instead of actual cost) for deducting incidental expenses only. State income tax form The amount of the deduction is $5 a day. State income tax form You can use this method only if you did not pay or incur any meal expenses. State income tax form You cannot use this method on any day that you use the standard meal allowance. State income tax form    Federal employees should refer to the Federal Travel Regulations at  www. State income tax form gsa. State income tax form gov. State income tax form Find “What GSA Offers” and click on “Regulations: FMR, FTR, & FAR” for Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) for changes affecting claims for reimbursement. State income tax form 50% limit may apply. State income tax form   If you use the standard meal allowance method for meal expenses and you are not reimbursed or you are reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan, you can generally deduct only 50% of the standard meal allowance. State income tax form If you are reimbursed under an accountable plan and you are deducting amounts that are more than your reimbursements, you can deduct only 50% of the excess amount. State income tax form The 50% limit is explained later under Entertainment Expenses . State income tax form Accountable and nonaccountable plans are discussed later under Reimbursements . State income tax form There is no optional standard lodging amount similar to the standard meal allowance. State income tax form Your allowable lodging expense deduction is your actual cost. State income tax form Who can use the standard meal allowance. State income tax form   You can use the standard meal allowance whether you are an employee or self-employed, and whether or not you are reimbursed for your traveling expenses. State income tax form   Use of the standard meal allowance for other travel. State income tax form    You can use the standard meal allowance to figure your meal expenses when you travel in connection with investment and other income-producing property. State income tax form You can also use it to figure your meal expenses when you travel for qualifying educational purposes. State income tax form You cannot use the standard meal allowance to figure the cost of your meals when you travel for medical or charitable purposes. State income tax form Amount of standard meal allowance. State income tax form   The standard meal allowance is the federal M&IE rate. State income tax form For travel in 2013, the daily rate for most small localities in the United States is $46. State income tax form   Most major cities and many other localities in the United States are designated as high-cost areas, qualifying for higher standard meal allowances. State income tax form You can find this information (organized by state) on the Internet at www. State income tax form gsa. State income tax form gov. State income tax form Click on “Per Diem Rates,” then select “2013” for the period January 1, 2013 – September 30, 2013, and select “2014” for the period October 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013. State income tax form However, you can apply the rates in effect before October 1, 2013, for expenses of all travel within the United States for 2013 instead of the updated rates. State income tax form You must consistently use either the rates for the first 9 months for all of 2013 or the updated rates for the period of October 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013. State income tax form   If you travel to more than one location in one day, use the rate in effect for the area where you stop for sleep or rest. State income tax form If you work in the transportation industry, however, see Special rate for transportation workers , later. State income tax form Standard meal allowance for areas outside the continental United States. State income tax form    The standard meal allowance rates above do not apply to travel in Alaska, Hawaii, or any other location outside the continental United States. State income tax form The Department of Defense establishes per diem rates for Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Midway, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U. State income tax form S. State income tax form Virgin Islands, Wake Island, and other non-foreign areas outside the continental United States. State income tax form The Department of State establishes per diem rates for all other foreign areas. State income tax form    You can access per diem rates for non-foreign areas outside the continental United States at: www. State income tax form defensetravel. State income tax form dod. State income tax form mil/site/perdiemCalc. State income tax form cfm. State income tax form You can access all other foreign per diem rates at www. State income tax form state. State income tax form gov/travel/. State income tax form Click on “Travel Per Diem Allowances for Foreign Areas” under “Foreign Per Diem Rates,” to obtain the latest foreign per diem rates. State income tax form Special rate for transportation workers. State income tax form   You can use a special standard meal allowance if you work in the transportation industry. State income tax form You are in the transportation industry if your work: Directly involves moving people or goods by airplane, barge, bus, ship, train, or truck, and Regularly requires you to travel away from home and, during any single trip, usually involves travel to areas eligible for different standard meal allowance rates. State income tax form If this applies to you, you can claim a standard daily meal allowance of $59 ($65 for travel outside the continental United States). State income tax form   Using the special rate for transportation workers eliminates the need for you to determine the standard meal allowance for every area where you stop for sleep or rest. State income tax form If you choose to use the special rate for any trip, you must use the special rate (and not use the regular standard meal allowance rates) for all trips you take that year. State income tax form Travel for days you depart and return. State income tax form   For both the day you depart for and the day you return from a business trip, you must prorate the standard meal allowance (figure a reduced amount for each day). State income tax form You can do so by one of two methods. State income tax form Method 1: You can claim 3/4 of the standard meal allowance. State income tax form Method 2: You can prorate using any method that you consistently apply and that is in accordance with reasonable business practice. State income tax form Example. State income tax form Jen is employed in New Orleans as a convention planner. State income tax form In March, her employer sent her on a 3-day trip to Washington, DC, to attend a planning seminar. State income tax form She left her home in New Orleans at 10 a. State income tax form m. State income tax form on Wednesday and arrived in Washington, DC, at 5:30 p. State income tax form m. State income tax form After spending two nights there, she flew back to New Orleans on Friday and arrived back home at 8:00 p. State income tax form m. State income tax form Jen's employer gave her a flat amount to cover her expenses and included it with her wages. State income tax form Under Method 1, Jen can claim 2½ days of the standard meal allowance for Washington, DC: 3/4 of the daily rate for Wednesday and Friday (the days she departed and returned), and the full daily rate for Thursday. State income tax form Under Method 2, Jen could also use any method that she applies consistently and that is in accordance with reasonable business practice. State income tax form For example, she could claim 3 days of the standard meal allowance even though a federal employee would have to use Method 1 and be limited to only 2½ days. State income tax form Travel in the United States The following discussion applies to travel in the United States. State income tax form For this purpose, the United States includes only the 50 states and the District of Columbia. State income tax form The treatment of your travel expenses depends on how much of your trip was business related and on how much of your trip occurred within the United States. State income tax form See Part of Trip Outside the United States , later. State income tax form Trip Primarily for Business You can deduct all your travel expenses if your trip was entirely business related. State income tax form If your trip was primarily for business and, while at your business destination, you extended your stay for a vacation, made a personal side trip, or had other personal activities, you can deduct your business-related travel expenses. State income tax form These expenses include the travel costs of getting to and from your business destination and any business-related expenses at your business destination. State income tax form Example. State income tax form You work in Atlanta and take a business trip to New Orleans in May. State income tax form On your way home, you stop in Mobile to visit your parents. State income tax form You spend $1,996 for the 9 days you are away from home for travel, meals, lodging, and other travel expenses. State income tax form If you had not stopped in Mobile, you would have been gone only 6 days, and your total cost would have been $1,696. State income tax form You can deduct $1,696 for your trip, including the cost of round-trip transportation to and from New Orleans. State income tax form The deduction for your meals is subject to the 50% limit on meals mentioned earlier. State income tax form Trip Primarily for Personal Reasons If your trip was primarily for personal reasons, such as a vacation, the entire cost of the trip is a nondeductible personal expense. State income tax form However, you can deduct any expenses you have while at your destination that are directly related to your business. State income tax form A trip to a resort or on a cruise ship may be a vacation even if the promoter advertises that it is primarily for business. State income tax form The scheduling of incidental business activities during a trip, such as viewing videotapes or attending lectures dealing with general subjects, will not change what is really a vacation into a business trip. State income tax form Part of Trip Outside the United States If part of your trip is outside the United States, use the rules described later under Travel Outside the United States for that part of the trip. State income tax form For the part of your trip that is inside the United States, use the rules for travel in the United States. State income tax form Travel outside the United States does not include travel from one point in the United States to another point in the United States. State income tax form The following discussion can help you determine whether your trip was entirely within the United States. State income tax form Public transportation. State income tax form   If you travel by public transportation, any place in the United States where that vehicle makes a scheduled stop is a point in the United States. State income tax form Once the vehicle leaves the last scheduled stop in the United States on its way to a point outside the United States, you apply the rules under Travel Outside the United States . State income tax form Example. State income tax form You fly from New York to Puerto Rico with a scheduled stop in Miami. State income tax form You return to New York nonstop. State income tax form The flight from New York to Miami is in the United States, so only the flight from Miami to Puerto Rico is outside the United States. State income tax form Because there are no scheduled stops between Puerto Rico and New York, all of the return trip is outside the United States. State income tax form Private car. State income tax form   Travel by private car in the United States is travel between points in the United States, even when you are on your way to a destination outside the United States. State income tax form Example. State income tax form You travel by car from Denver to Mexico City and return. State income tax form Your travel from Denver to the border and from the border back to Denver is travel in the United States, and the rules in this section apply. State income tax form The rules under Travel Outside the United States apply to your trip from the border to Mexico City and back to the border. State income tax form Travel Outside the United States If any part of your business travel is outside the United States, some of your deductions for the cost of getting to and from your destination may be limited. State income tax form For this purpose, the United States includes only the 50 states and the District of Columbia. State income tax form How much of your travel expenses you can deduct depends in part upon how much of your trip outside the United States was business related. State income tax form See chapter 1 of Publication 463 for information on luxury water travel. State income tax form Travel Entirely for Business or Considered Entirely for Business You can deduct all your travel expenses of getting to and from your business destination if your trip is entirely for business or considered entirely for business. State income tax form Travel entirely for business. State income tax form   If you travel outside the United States and you spend the entire time on business activities, you can deduct all of your travel expenses. State income tax form Travel considered entirely for business. State income tax form   Even if you did not spend your entire time on business activities, your trip is considered entirely for business if you meet at least one of the following four exceptions. State income tax form Exception 1 - No substantial control. State income tax form   Your trip is considered entirely for business if you did not have substantial control over arranging the trip. State income tax form The fact that you control the timing of your trip does not, by itself, mean that you have substantial control over arranging your trip. State income tax form   You do not have substantial control over your trip if you: Are an employee who was reimbursed or paid a travel expense allowance, Are not related to your employer, and Are not a managing executive. State income tax form    “Related to your employer” is defined later in this chapter under Per Diem and Car Allowances . State income tax form   A “managing executive” is an employee who has the authority and responsibility, without being subject to the veto of another, to decide on the need for the business travel. State income tax form    A self-employed person generally has substantial control over arranging business trips. State income tax form Exception 2 - Outside United States no more than a week. State income tax form   Your trip is considered entirely for business if you were outside the United States for a week or less, combining business and nonbusiness activities. State income tax form One week means 7 consecutive days. State income tax form In counting the days, do not count the day you leave the United States, but do count the day you return to the United States. State income tax form Exception 3 - Less than 25% of time on personal activities. State income tax form   Your trip is considered entirely for business if: You were outside the United States for more than a week, and You spent less than 25% of the total time you were outside the United States on nonbusiness activities. State income tax form For this purpose, count both the day your trip began and the day it ended. State income tax form Exception 4 - Vacation not a major consideration. State income tax form   Your trip is considered entirely for business if you can establish that a personal vacation was not a major consideration, even if you have substantial control over arranging the trip. State income tax form Travel Primarily for Business If you travel outside the United States primarily for business but spend some of your time on nonbusiness activities, you generally cannot deduct all of your travel expenses. State income tax form You can only deduct the business portion of your cost of getting to and from your destination. State income tax form You must allocate the costs between your business and nonbusiness activities to determine your deductible amount. State income tax form These travel allocation rules are discussed in chapter 1 of Publication 463. State income tax form You do not have to allocate your travel expense deduction if you meet one of the four exceptions listed earlier under Travel considered entirely for business. State income tax form In those cases, you can deduct the total cost of getting to and from your destination. State income tax form Travel Primarily for Personal Reasons If you travel outside the United States primarily for vacation or for investment purposes, the entire cost of the trip is a nondeductible personal expense. State income tax form If you spend some time attending brief professional seminars or a continuing education program, you can deduct your registration fees and other expenses you have that are directly related to your business. State income tax form Conventions You can deduct your travel expenses when you attend a convention if you can show that your attendance benefits your trade or business. State income tax form You cannot deduct the travel expenses for your family. State income tax form If the convention is for investment, political, social, or other purposes unrelated to your trade or business, you cannot deduct the expenses. State income tax form Your appointment or election as a delegate does not, in itself, determine whether you can deduct travel expenses. State income tax form You can deduct your travel expenses only if your attendance is connected to your own trade or business. State income tax form Convention agenda. State income tax form   The convention agenda or program generally shows the purpose of the convention. State income tax form You can show your attendance at the convention benefits your trade or business by comparing the agenda with the official duties and responsibilities of your position. State income tax form The agenda does not have to deal specifically with your official duties and responsibilities; it will be enough if the agenda is so related to your position that it shows your attendance was for business purposes. State income tax form Conventions held outside the North American area. State income tax form    See chapter 1 of Publication 463 for information on conventions held outside the North American area. State income tax form Entertainment Expenses You may be able to deduct business-related entertainment expenses you have for entertaining a client, customer, or employee. State income tax form You can deduct entertainment expenses only if they are both ordinary and necessary (defined earlier in the Introduction ) and meet one of the following tests. State income tax form Directly-related test. State income tax form Associated test. State income tax form Both of these tests are explained in chapter 2 of Publication 463. State income tax form The amount you can deduct for entertainment expenses may be limited. State income tax form Generally, you can deduct only 50% of your unreimbursed entertainment expenses. State income tax form This limit is discussed next. State income tax form 50% Limit In general, you can deduct only 50% of your business-related meal and entertainment expenses. State income tax form (If you are subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits, you can deduct 80% of your business-related meal and entertainment expenses. State income tax form See Individuals subject to “hours of service” limits , later. State income tax form ) The 50% limit applies to employees or their employers, and to self-employed persons (including independent contractors) or their clients, depending on whether the expenses are reimbursed. State income tax form Figure 26-A summarizes the general rules explained in this section. State income tax form The 50% limit applies to business meals or entertainment expenses you have while: Traveling away from home (whether eating alone or with others) on business, Entertaining customers at your place of business, a restaurant, or other location, or Attending a business convention or reception, business meeting, or business luncheon at a club. State income tax form Included expenses. State income tax form   Expenses subject to the 50% limit include: Taxes and tips relating to a business meal or entertainment activity, Cover charges for admission to a nightclub, Rent paid for a room in which you hold a dinner or cocktail party, and Amounts paid for parking at a sports arena. State income tax form However, the cost of transportation to and from a business meal or a business-related entertainment activity is not subject to the 50% limit. State income tax form Application of 50% limit. State income tax form   The 50% limit on meal and entertainment expenses applies if the expense is otherwise deductible and is not covered by one of the exceptions discussed later in this section. State income tax form   The 50% limit also applies to certain meal and entertainment expenses that are not business related. State income tax form It applies to meal and entertainment expenses incurred for the production of income, including rental or royalty income. State income tax form It also applies to the cost of meals included in deductible educational expenses. State income tax form When to apply the 50% limit. State income tax form   You apply the 50% limit after determining the amount that would otherwise qualify for a deduction. State income tax form You first have to determine the amount of meal and entertainment expenses that would be deductible under the other rules discussed in this chapter. State income tax form Example 1. State income tax form You spend $200 for a business-related meal. State income tax form If $110 of that amount is not allowable because it is lavish and extravagant, the remaining $90 is subject to the 50% limit. State income tax form Your deduction cannot be more than $45 (. State income tax form 50 × $90). State income tax form Example 2. State income tax form You purchase two tickets to a concert and give them to a client. State income tax form You purchased the tickets through a ticket agent. State income tax form You paid $200 for the two tickets, which had a face value of $80 each ($160 total). State income tax form Your deduction cannot be more than $80 (. State income tax form 50 × $160). State income tax form Exceptions to the 50% Limit Generally, business-related meal and entertainment expenses are subject to the 50% limit. State income tax form Figure 26-A can help you determine if the 50% limit applies to you. State income tax form Your meal or entertainment expense is not subject to the 50% limit if the expense meets one of the following exceptions. State income tax form Employee's reimbursed expenses. State income tax form   If you are an employee, you are not subject to the 50% limit on expenses for which your employer reimburses you under an accountable plan. State income tax form Accountable plans are discussed later under Reimbursements . State income tax form Individuals subject to “hours of service” limits. State income tax form   You can deduct a higher percentage of your meal expenses while traveling away from your tax home if the meals take place during or incident to any period subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits. State income tax form The percentage is 80%. State income tax form   Individuals subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits include the following persons. State income tax form Certain air transportation workers (such as pilots, crew, dispatchers, mechanics, and control tower operators) who are under Federal Aviation Administration regulations. State income tax form Interstate truck operators and bus drivers who are under Department of Transportation regulations. State income tax form Certain railroad employees (such as engineers, conductors, train crews, dispatchers, and control operations personnel) who are under Federal Railroad Administration regulations. State income tax form Certain merchant mariners who are under Coast Guard regulations. State income tax form Other exceptions. State income tax form   There are also exceptions for the self-employed, advertising expenses, selling meals or entertainment, and charitable sports events. State income tax form These are discussed in Publication 463. State income tax form Figure 26-A. State income tax form Does the 50% Limit Apply to Your Expenses? There are exceptions to these rules. State income tax form See Exceptions to the 50% Limit . State income tax form Please click here for the text description of the image. State income tax form Entertainment expenses: 50% limit What Entertainment Expenses Are Deductible? This section explains different types of entertainment expenses you may be able to deduct. State income tax form Entertainment. State income tax form    Entertainment includes any activity generally considered to provide entertainment, amusement, or recreation. State income tax form Examples include entertaining guests at nightclubs; at social, athletic, and sporting clubs; at theaters; at sporting events; or on hunting, fishing, vacation, and similar trips. State income tax form A meal as a form of entertainment. State income tax form   Entertainment includes the cost of a meal you provide to a customer or client, whether the meal is a part of other entertainment or by itself. State income tax form A meal expense includes the cost of food, beverages, taxes, and tips for the meal. State income tax form To deduct an entertainment-related meal, you or your employee must be present when the food or beverages are provided. State income tax form You cannot claim the cost of your meal both as an entertainment expense and as a travel expense. State income tax form Separating costs. State income tax form   If you have one expense that includes the costs of entertainment and other services (such as lodging or transportation), you must allocate that expense between the cost of entertainment and the cost of other services. State income tax form You must have a reasonable basis for making this allocation. State income tax form For example, you must allocate your expenses if a hotel includes entertainment in its lounge on the same bill with your room charge. State income tax form Taking turns paying for meals or entertainment. State income tax form   If a group of business acquaintances take turns picking up each others' meal or entertainment checks without regard to whether any business purposes are served, no member of the group can deduct any part of the expense. State income tax form Lavish or extravagant expenses. State income tax form   You cannot deduct expenses for entertainment that are lavish or extravagant. State income tax form An expense is not considered lavish or extravagant if it is reasonable considering the facts and circumstances. State income tax form Expenses will not be disallowed just because they are more than a fixed dollar amount or take place at deluxe restaurants, hotels, nightclubs, or resorts. State income tax form Trade association meetings. State income tax form    You can deduct entertainment expenses that are directly related to, and necessary for, attending business meetings or conventions of certain exempt organizations if the expenses of your attendance are related to your active trade or business. State income tax form These organizations include business leagues, chambers of commerce, real estate boards, trade associations, and professional associations. State income tax form Entertainment tickets. State income tax form   Generally, you cannot deduct more than the face value of an entertainment ticket, even if you paid a higher price. State income tax form For example, you cannot deduct service fees you pay to ticket agencies or brokers or any amount over the face value of the tickets you pay to scalpers. State income tax form What Entertainment Expenses Are Not Deductible? This section explains different types of entertainment expenses you generally may not be able to deduct. State income tax form Club dues and membership fees. State income tax form   You cannot deduct dues (including initiation fees) for membership in any club organized for: Business, Pleasure, Recreation, or Other social purpose. State income tax form This rule applies to any membership organization if one of its principal purposes is either: To conduct entertainment activities for members or their guests, or To provide members or their guests with access to entertainment facilities. State income tax form   The purposes and activities of a club, not its name, will determine whether or not you can deduct the dues. State income tax form You cannot deduct dues paid to: Country clubs, Golf and athletic clubs, Airline clubs, Hotel clubs, and Clubs operated to provide meals under circumstances generally considered to be conducive to business discussions. State income tax form Entertainment facilities. State income tax form   Generally, you cannot deduct any expense for the use of an entertainment facility. State income tax form This includes expenses for depreciation and operating costs such as rent, utilities, maintenance, and protection. State income tax form   An entertainment facility is any property you own, rent, or use for entertainment. State income tax form Examples include a yacht, hunting lodge, fishing camp, swimming pool, tennis court, bowling alley, car, airplane, apartment, hotel suite, or home in a vacation resort. State income tax form Out-of-pocket expenses. State income tax form   You can deduct out-of-pocket expenses, such as for food and beverages, catering, gas, and fishing bait, that you provided during entertainment at a facility. State income tax form These are not expenses for the use of an entertainment facility. State income tax form However, these expenses are subject to the directly-related and associated tests and to the 50% Limit discussed earlier. State income tax form Additional information. State income tax form   For more information on entertainment expenses, including discussions of the directly-related and associated tests, see chapter 2 of Publication 463. State income tax form Gift Expenses If you give gifts in the course of your trade or business, you can deduct all or part of the cost. State income tax form This section explains the limits and rules for deducting the costs of gifts. State income tax form $25 limit. State income tax form   You can deduct no more than $25 for business gifts you give directly or indirectly to each person during your tax year. State income tax form A gift to a company that is intended for the eventual personal use or benefit of a particular person or a limited class of people will be considered an indirect gift to that particular person or to the individuals within that class of people who receive the gift. State income tax form   If you give a gift to a member of a customer's family, the gift is generally considered to be an indirect gift to the customer. State income tax form This rule does not apply if you have a bona fide, independent business connection with that family member and the gift is not intended for the customer's eventual use or benefit. State income tax form   If you and your spouse both give gifts, both of you are treated as one taxpayer. State income tax form It does not matter whether you have separate businesses, are separately employed, or whether each of you has an independent connection with the recipient. State income tax form If a partnership gives gifts, the partnership and the partners are treated as one taxpayer. State income tax form Incidental costs. State income tax form   Incidental costs, such as engraving on jewelry, or packaging, insuring, and mailing, are generally not included in determining the cost of a gift for purposes of the $25 limit. State income tax form   A cost is incidental only if it does not add substantial value to the gift. State income tax form For example, the cost of customary gift wrapping is an incidental cost. State income tax form However, the purchase of an ornamental basket for packaging fruit is not an incidental cost if the value of the basket is substantial compared to the value of the fruit. State income tax form Exceptions. State income tax form   The following items are not considered gifts for purposes of the $25 limit. State income tax form An item that costs $4 or less and: Has your name clearly and permanently imprinted on the gift, and Is one of a number of identical items you widely distribute. State income tax form Examples include pens, desk sets, and plastic bags and cases. State income tax form Signs, display racks, or other promotional material to be used on the business premises of the recipient. State income tax form Gift or entertainment. State income tax form   Any item that might be considered either a gift or entertainment generally will be considered entertainment. State income tax form However, if you give a customer packaged food or beverages you intend the customer to use at a later date, treat it as a gift. State income tax form    If you give a customer tickets to a theater performance or sporting event and you do not go with the customer to the performance or event, you have a choice. State income tax form You can treat the cost of the tickets as either a gift expense or an entertainment expense, whichever is to your advantage. State income tax form    If you go with the customer to the event, you must treat the cost of the tickets as an entertainment expense. State income tax form You cannot choose, in this case, to treat the cost of the tickets as a gift expense. State income tax form Transportation Expenses This section discusses expenses you can deduct for business transportation when you are not traveling away from home as defined earlier under Travel Expenses . State income tax form These expenses include the cost of transportation by air, rail, bus, taxi, etc. State income tax form , and the cost of driving and maintaining your car. State income tax form Transportation expenses include the ordinary and necessary costs of all of the following. State income tax form Getting from one workplace to another in the course of your business or profession when you are traveling within the area of your tax home. State income tax form (Tax home is defined earlier under Travel Expenses . State income tax form ) Visiting clients or customers. State income tax form Going to a business meeting away from your regular workplace. State income tax form Getting from your home to a temporary workplace when you have one or more regular places of work. State income tax form These temporary workplaces can be either within the area of your tax home or outside that area. State income tax form Transportation expenses do not include expenses you have while traveling away from home overnight. State income tax form Those expenses are travel expenses, discussed earlier. State income tax form However, if you use your car while traveling away from home overnight, use the rules in this section to figure your car expense deduction. State income tax form See Car Expenses , later. State income tax form Illustration of transportation expenses. State income tax form    Figure 26-B illustrates the rules for when you can deduct transportation expenses when you have a regular or main job away from your home. State income tax form You may want to refer to it when deciding whether you can deduct your transportation expenses. State income tax form Daily transportation expenses you incur while traveling from home to one or more regular places of business are generally nondeductible commuting expenses. State income tax form However, there are many exceptions for deducting transportation expenses, like whether your work location is temporary (inside or outside the metropolitan area), traveling for same trade or business, or if you have a home office. State income tax form Temporary work location. State income tax form   If you have one or more regular work locations away from your home and you commute to a temporary work location in the same trade or business, you can deduct the expenses of the daily round-trip transportation between your home and the temporary location, regardless of distance. State income tax form   If your employment at a work location is realistically expected to last (and does in fact last) for 1 year or less, the employment is temporary unless there are facts and circumstances that would indicate otherwise. State income tax form   If your employment at a work location is realistically expected to last for more than 1 year or if there is no realistic expectation that the employment will last for 1 year or less, the employment is not temporary, regardless of whether it actually lasts for more than 1 year. State income tax form   If employment at a work location initially is realistically expected to last for 1 year or less, but at some later date the employment is realistically expected to last more than 1 year, that employment will be treated as temporary (unless there are facts and circumstances that would indicate otherwise) until your expectation changes. State income tax form It will not be treated as temporary after the date you determine it will last more than 1 year. State income tax form   If the temporary work location is beyond the general area of your regular place of work and you stay overnight, you are traveling away from home. State income tax form You may have deductible travel expenses as discussed earlier in this chapter. State income tax form No regular place of work. State income tax form   If you have no regular place of work but ordinarily work in the metropolitan area where you live, you can deduct daily transportation costs between home and a temporary work site outside that metropolitan area. State income tax form   Generally, a metropolitan area includes the area within the city limits and the suburbs that are considered part of that metropolitan area. State income tax form   You cannot deduct daily transportation costs between your home and temporary work sites within your metropolitan area. State income tax form These are nondeductible commuting expenses. State income tax form Two places of work. State income tax form   If you work at two places in one day, whether or not for the same employer, you can deduct the expense of getting from one workplace to the other. State income tax form However, if for some personal reason you do not go directly from one location to the other, you cannot deduct more than the amount it would have cost you to go directly from the first location to the second. State income tax form   Transportation expenses you have in going between home and a part-time job on a day off from your main job are commuting expenses. State income tax form You cannot deduct them. State income tax form Armed Forces reservists. State income tax form   A meeting of an Armed Forces reserve unit is a second place of business if the meeting is held on a day on which you work at your regular job. State income tax form You can deduct the expense of getting from one workplace to the other as just discussed under Two places of work , earlier. State income tax form   You usually cannot deduct the expense if the reserve meeting is held on a day on which you do not work at your regular job. State income tax form In this case, your transportation generally is a nondeductible commuting expense. State income tax form However, you can deduct your transportation expenses if the location of the meeting is temporary and you have one or more regular places of work. State income tax form   If you ordinarily work in a particular metropolitan area but not at any specific location and the reserve meeting is held at a temporary location outside that metropolitan area, you can deduct your transportation expenses. State income tax form   If you travel away from home overnight to attend a guard or reserve meeting, you can deduct your travel expenses. State income tax form These expenses are discussed earlier under Travel Expenses . State income tax form   If you travel more than 100 miles away from home in connection with your performance of services as a member of the reserves, you may be able to deduct some of your reserve-related travel costs as an adjustment to income rather than as an itemized deduction. State income tax form See Armed Forces reservists traveling more than 100 miles from home under Special Rules, later. State income tax form Commuting expenses. State income tax form   You cannot deduct the costs of taking a bus, trolley, subway, or taxi, or of driving a car between your home and your main or regular place of work. State income tax form These costs are personal commuting expenses. State income tax form You cannot deduct commuting expenses no matter how far your home is from your regular place of work. State income tax form You cannot deduct commuting expenses even if you work during the commuting trip. State income tax form Example. State income tax form You sometimes use your cell phone to make business calls while commuting to and from work. State income tax form Sometimes business associates ride with you to and from work, and you have a business discussion in the car. State income tax form These activities do not change the trip from personal to business. State income tax form You cannot deduct your commuting expenses. State income tax form Parking fees. State income tax form   Fees you pay to park your car at your place of business are nondeductible commuting expenses. State income tax form You can, however, deduct business-related parking fees when visiting a customer or client. State income tax form Advertising display on car. State income tax form   Putting display material that advertises your business on your car does not change the use of your car from personal use to business use. State income tax form If you use this car for commuting or other personal uses, you still cannot deduct your expenses for those uses. State income tax form Car pools. State income tax form   You cannot deduct the cost of using your car in a nonprofit car pool. State income tax form Do not include payments you receive from the passengers in your income. State income tax form These payments are considered reimbursements of your expenses. State income tax form However, if you operate a car pool for a profit, you must include payments from passengers in your income. State income tax form You can then deduct your car expenses (using the rules in this chapter). State income tax form Hauling tools or instruments. State income tax form   Hauling tools or instruments in your car while commuting to and from work does not make your car expenses deductible. State income tax form However, you can deduct any additional costs you have for hauling tools or instruments (such as for renting a trailer you tow with your car). State income tax form Union members' trips from a union hall. State income tax form   If you get your work assignments at a union hall and then go to your place of work, the costs of getting from the union hall to your place of work are nondeductible commuting expenses. State income tax form Although you need the union to get your work assignments, you are employed where you work, not where the union hall is located. State income tax form Office in the home. State income tax form   If you have an office in your home that qualifies as a principal place of business, you can deduct your daily transportation costs between your home and another work location in the same trade or business. State income tax form (See chapter 28 for information on determining if your home office qualifies as a principal place of business. State income tax form ) Figure 26-B. State income tax form When Are Transportation Expenses Deductible? Most employees and self-employed persons can use this chart. State income tax form (Do not use this chart if your home is your principal place of business. State income tax form See Office in the home . State income tax form ) Please click here for the text description of the image. State income tax form Figure 26-B. State income tax form Local Transportation Examples of deductible transportation. State income tax form   The following examples show when you can deduct transportation expenses based on the location of your work and your home. State income tax form Example 1. State income tax form You regularly work in an office in the city where you live. State income tax form Your employer sends you to a 1-week training session at a different office in the same city. State income tax form You travel directly from your home to the training location and return each day. State income tax form You can deduct the cost of your daily round-trip transportation between your home and the training location. State income tax form Example 2. State income tax form Your principal place of business is in your home. State income tax form You can deduct the cost of round-trip transportation between your qualifying home office and your client's or customer's place of business. State income tax form Example 3. State income tax form You have no regular office, and you do not have an office in your home. State income tax form In this case, the location of your first business contact inside the metropolitan area is considered your office. State income tax form Transportation expenses between your home and this first contact are nondeductible commuting expenses. State income tax form Transportation expenses between your last business contact and your home are also nondeductible commuting expenses. State income tax form While you cannot deduct the costs of these first and last trips, you can deduct the costs of going from one client or customer to another. State income tax form With no regular or home office, the costs of travel between two or more business contacts in a metropolitan area are deductible while the costs of travel between the home to (and from) business contacts are not deductible. State income tax form Car Expenses If you use your car for business purposes, you may be able to deduct car expenses. State income tax form You generally can use one of the two following methods to figure your deductible expenses. State income tax form Standard mileage rate. State income tax form Actual car expenses. State income tax form If you use actual car expenses to figure your deduction for a car you lease, there are rules that affect the amount of your lease payments you can deduct. State income tax form See Leasing a car under Actual Car Expenses, later. State income tax form In this chapter, “car” includes a van, pickup, or panel truck. State income tax form Rural mail carriers. State income tax form   If you are a rural mail carrier, you may be able to treat the amount of qualified reimbursement you received as the amount of your allowable expense. State income tax form Because the qualified reimbursement is treated as paid under an accountable plan, your employer should not include the amount of reimbursement in your income. State income tax form   If your vehicle expenses are more than the amount of your reimbursement, you can deduct the unreimbursed expenses as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040). State income tax form You must complete Form 2106 and attach it to your Form 1040. State income tax form   A “qualified reimbursement” is the reimbursement you receive that meets both of the following conditions. State income tax form It is given as an equipment maintenance allowance (EMA) to employees of the U. State income tax form S. State income tax form Postal Service. State income tax form It is at the rate contained in the 1991 collective bargaining agreement. State income tax form Any later agreement cannot increase the qualified reimbursement amount by more than the rate of inflation. State income tax form See your employer for information on your reimbursement. State income tax form If you are a rural mail carrier and received a qualified reimbursement, you cannot use the standard mileage rate. State income tax form Standard Mileage Rate You may be able to use the standard mileage rate to figure the deductible costs of operating your car for business purposes. State income tax form For 2013, the standard mileage rate for business use is 56½ cents per mile. State income tax form If you use the standard mileage rate for a year, you cannot deduct your actual car expenses for that year, but see Parking fees and tolls, later. State income tax form You generally can use the standard mileage rate whether or not you are reimbursed and whether or not any reimbursement is more or less than the amount figured using the standard mileage rate. State income tax form See Reimbursements under How To Report, later. State income tax form Choosing the standard mileage rate. State income tax form   If you want to use the standard mileage rate for a car you own, you must choose to use it in the first year the car is available for use in your business. State income tax form Then in later years, you can choose to use either the standard mileage rate or actual expenses. State income tax form   If you want to use the standard mileage rate for a car you lease, you must use it for the entire lease period. State income tax form   You must make the choice to use the standard mileage rate by the due date (including extensions) of your return. State income tax form You cannot revoke the choice. State income tax form However, in a later year, you can switch from the standard mileage rate to the actual expenses method. State income tax form If you change to the actual expenses method in a later year, but before your car is fully depreciated, you have to estimate the remaining useful life of the car and use straight line depreciation. State income tax form Example. State income tax form Larry is an employee who occasionally uses his own car for business purposes. State income tax form He purchased the car in 2011, but he did not claim any unreimburse
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The State Income Tax Form

State income tax form Index Symbols 28% rate gain, Collectibles (28% rate) gain. State income tax form , Figuring 28% rate gain (line 11). State income tax form A Adjustments to income, defined, Adjustment to income. State income tax form Age 65 or older dependents, Both Earned and Unearned Income Aliens Individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN), Reminders Standard deduction, Standard Deduction of Zero Alternative minimum tax (AMT), Other Filing Requirements, Alternative minimum tax. State income tax form , Alternative Minimum Tax Assistance (see Tax help) B Blind dependents, filing requirements, Both Earned and Unearned Income C Capital gain distributions, Capital gain distributions. State income tax form Capital losses, Capital loss. State income tax form Child's earnings, Child's earnings. State income tax form Child's expenses, Child's expenses. State income tax form Child's return Responsibility for, Should a Return Be Filed Even If Not Required?, Child's expenses. State income tax form Child's unearned income Tax on, Renewing an exemption from withholding. State income tax form Church, wages from, Other Filing Requirements Credits, reduced, Reduced deductions or credits. State income tax form D Deductible investment interest, Deductible investment interest. State income tax form Deductions, Deductions you cannot take. State income tax form Deductions, reduced, Reduced deductions or credits. State income tax form Dependents Exemption for, Standard Deduction of Zero Own exemption, Standard Deduction of Zero Social security numbers (SSNs) of, Reminders Divorced parents, reporting child's unearned income, Parents are divorced. State income tax form E Earned income, Earned Income Only, Both Earned and Unearned Income Education credit, recaptured, Other Filing Requirements Election to include child's income on parent's return, Parent's Election To Report Child's Interest and Dividends, How to make the election. State income tax form , Estimated tax, penalty, Penalty for underpayment of estimated tax. State income tax form Exemption Own exemption — dependent, Dependent's Own Exemption Exemption from withholding, Claiming exemption from withholding. State income tax form Extension of time to file, Extension of time to file. State income tax form F Figures (see Tables and figures) Figuring child's income, Penalty for underpayment of estimated tax. State income tax form Filing requirements, Part 1. State income tax form Rules for All Dependents, Should a Return Be Filed Even If Not Required? Form 1040 Schedule A, Directly connected. State income tax form Schedule J, Using Schedule J (Form 1040), for line 9 tax. State income tax form , Using Schedule J for line 15 tax. State income tax form Form 1040A Filled in example, Form 1099-DIV, Collectibles (28% rate) gain. State income tax form Form 2555, Child files Form 2555 or 2555-EZ. State income tax form , Parent files Form 2555 or 2555-EZ. State income tax form , Child files Form 2555 or 2555-EZ. State income tax form , Child files Form 2555 or 2555-EZ. State income tax form , Child files Form 2555 or 2555-EZ. State income tax form , Child files Form 2555 or 2555-EZ. State income tax form Form 2555-EZ, Child files Form 2555 or 2555-EZ. State income tax form , Parent files Form 2555 or 2555-EZ. State income tax form , Child files Form 2555 or 2555-EZ. State income tax form , Child files Form 2555 or 2555-EZ. State income tax form , Child files Form 2555 or 2555-EZ. State income tax form , Child files Form 2555 or 2555-EZ. State income tax form Form 2848, Designated as representative. State income tax form , How to request. State income tax form Form 6251, Alternative minimum tax. State income tax form , Limit on exemption amount (AMT). State income tax form Form 8615, Providing Parental Information (Form 8615, Lines A–C), Line 18 (Tax) Filled in example, Form 8814, How to make the election. State income tax form , Figuring Child's Income, Figuring Additional Tax Form W-4, Claiming exemption from withholding. State income tax form Free tax services, Free help with your tax return. State income tax form G Gift, income from property received as, Income from property received as a gift. State income tax form H Help (see Tax help) I Individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITINs), Reminders Investment interest, Deductible investment interest. State income tax form IRS notice sent to child, IRS notice. State income tax form Itemized deductions Directly connected, Directly connected. State income tax form J Joint return of parents, Which Parent's Return To Use L Life insurance, Other Filing Requirements Limit on exemption amount (AMT) Alternative Minimum Tax — Limit on exemption amount, Limit on exemption amount (AMT). State income tax form M Married parents filing separately, Parents are married. State income tax form Medicare tax, Other Filing Requirements Missing children, photographs of, Reminders N Net capital gain, Net capital gain. State income tax form Net unearned income, Line 5 (Net Unearned Income) P Parents Election (see Election to include child's income on parent's return) Which parent's return to use, Which Parent's Return To Use Penalty, estimated tax, Penalty for underpayment of estimated tax. State income tax form Publications (see Tax help) Q Qualified dividends, Qualified dividends. State income tax form , Qualified dividends. State income tax form R Recapture taxes, Other Filing Requirements Remarried custodial parent, reporting child's unearned income, Custodial parent remarried. State income tax form Remarried widowed parent, reporting child's unearned income, Widowed parent remarried. State income tax form Returns Filing even if not required, Should a Return Be Filed Even If Not Required? Parent's election to include child's income (see Election to include child's income on parent's return) Responsibility for child's return, Responsibility for Child's Return, Child's expenses. State income tax form Signing child's return, Signing the child's return. State income tax form Who must file, Filing Requirements, Should a Return Be Filed Even If Not Required? S Schedule D Tax Worksheet, Using the Schedule D Tax Worksheet for line 9 tax. State income tax form , Figuring 28% rate gain (line 11). State income tax form , Using the Schedule D Tax Worksheet for line 15 tax. State income tax form Section 1202 gain, Section 1202 gain. State income tax form Self-employed, filing requirements, Other Filing Requirements Separated parents, reporting child's unearned income, Parents not living together. State income tax form Signing child's return, Signing the child's return. State income tax form Social security numbers (SSNs) of dependents, Reminders Social security tax, Other Filing Requirements Standard deduction, Standard Deduction, Standard Deduction of Zero Worksheet for dependents (Worksheet 1), Worksheet 1. State income tax form Zero, Standard Deduction of Zero T Tables and figures Determining whether Form 8615 is required (Figure 2), Election to include child's income on parent's return (Figure 1), Filing requirements for dependents (Table 1), Table 1. State income tax form 2013 Filing Requirements for Dependents Tax help, How to request. State income tax form , How To Get Tax Help Tax on child's unearned income, Renewing an exemption from withholding. State income tax form Age requirement, Certain January 1 birthdays. State income tax form Figured on Form 8615, Tax for Certain Children Who Have Unearned Income Third party designee, Third party designee. State income tax form Tips not reported to employer, Other Filing Requirements Trust income, Trust income. State income tax form TTY/TDD information, How To Get Tax Help U Unearned income, Unearned Income Only, Both Earned and Unearned Income Defined, Unearned income defined. State income tax form Election to include child's income on parent's return (see Election to include child's income on parent's return) Tax on, Part 2. State income tax form Tax on Unearned Income of Certain Children Unrecaptured section 1250 gain, Unrecaptured section 1250 gain. State income tax form , Figuring unrecaptured section 1250 gain (line 11). State income tax form W Withholding, Withholding From Wages Worksheets Dependent's filing requirement, Both Earned and Unearned Income Form 8615 alternate worksheet, Line 1 (Unearned Income) Qualified dividends and capital gain tax, Line 9 (Tax on Parent's Taxable Income Plus Children's Net Unearned Income) Schedule D Tax, Figuring 28% rate gain (line 11). 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