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Understanding business travel deductions

Here are some tax details all business travelers should know

Business travel deductions are available when employees must travel away from their tax home or main place of work for business reasons. A taxpayer is traveling away from home if they are away for longer than an ordinary day’s work and they need to sleep to meet the demands of their work while away.


Travel expenses must be ordinary and necessary. They can't be lavish, extravagant or for personal purposes.


Employers can deduct travel expenses paid or incurred during a temporary work assignment if the assignment length does not exceed one year.


Travel expenses for conventions are deductible if attendance benefits the business. There are special rules for conventions held outside North America.




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