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IRS Rules for Recording Business Expenses: Travel, Transportation, Meals and Entertainment A clear guide for business owners, self employed, independent contractors, freelancers, managers, accountants and others about IRS requirements for adequate recordkeeping of employee / contractor expenses.

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Adequate recordkeeping is important for both preventing an audit and being prepared in the event of an audit. Overall adequate recordkeeping is good for facilitating compliance with Uncle Sam. A great solution for adequate recordkeeping of expenses is Falcon Expenses, our well reviewed fully mobile solution for expense tracking and reporting, check it out when
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IRS Business Travel Definition for “Away From Home” When determining what qualifies as business travel overnight stay is not the only requisite, the IRS also specifies that the taxpayer must travel “Away From Home”.

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To travel away from home the taxpayer must travel to an area that is outside of the tax home for a period substantially longer than an ordinary day’s worth of work. The IRS business travel definition specifies the tax home as the entire city or general area where the main place of business is located.
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What Qualifies as Tax Deductible Business Travel Expenses Many taxpayers travel for work, they go away on an overnight trip as part of doing business, and many expenses incurred during travel are tax deductible.

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Whether the taxpayer is traveling as an individual (i.e. for their own business) or as an employee of another business, the IRS has defined rules about what qualifies as business travel, and business travel expenses. Business travel is defined as any travel that the taxpayer does away from their home, for work purposes, that includes
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Employer Provided Truck and Car Expenses Tax Deductions When an employee is provided a car by their employer certain business use of vehicle expenses are deductible from the employees personal tax return.

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The amount that is deductible on an employees individual tax return as truck or car expenses deductions depends on the amount that the employer includes in the employees income for the vehicle expenses and the percentage of business and personal miles driven with the car for the tax year. If the employer included the full
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Employer Tax Deductions of Employee Expenses: How to Deduct IRS guidelines for deducting employee business expenses from the corporate tax return under both accountable and nonaccountable plans, including reimbursements and per diems.

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Whether under a reimbursement (i.e. employee uses their money for business expenses and is reimbursed later) or allowance (i.e. per diem) arrangement, employer deduction of employee business expenses depends on whether they have an accountable or nonaccountable plan. Further, in some cases, an expense might be fully deductible on the books but only partially deductible
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