If you are commuting or traveling for business, the IRS will normally allow you to list travel expenses in your itemizations. Whether the expense was incurred locally or globally, you can still deduct a portion. Nonetheless, knowing when deductions are allowed and how much to deduct can prove difficult.
If your employer is reimbursing your expenses, you are not allowed to deduct them. Employers are also allowed to pay “per diem” rates per month. You cannot deduct more than the per diem rate per day from your taxes. This rate fluctuates based on the city. Current rates are $172 per day for any low-cost locality and $259 for any high cost locality. This includes the cost of lodging, meals and incremental expenses. Instead of reimbursing employees for actual business expenses, employers can choose to reimburse employees for these amounts. The first and last day of the trip are reimbursed at 75% … Read More