Mixing business and pleasure? If you go on a business trip within the United States and tack on some vacation days, you can deduct some of your expenses.
Here’s a quick list as to what you can deduct:
- Transportation costs to and from the location of your business activity. But business must come first: If vacation is the primary reason for your travel, then generally no transportation expenses are deductible.
- Costs for rail travel or the use of your personal car.
- Other out-of-pocket expenses, such as lodging, hotel tips, meals (subject to the 50% disallowance rule), seminar and convention fees, and cab fare.
Remember, these deductions are allowed as long as the primary purpose of your travel is for business.
Here’s a quick list as to what counts as a business travel day:
- All days devoted to business, including weekends and holidays if they fall between days devoted to business.
- Standby days when your physical presence is required, even if you are not called upon to work.
- Days when you intended to work but could not due to reasons beyond your control (transportation delays, etc.).
You should be able to claim business as the primary reason for a domestic trip if business days exceed personal days. But documentation is key – keep your receipts to include with your tax file.
Questions? Contact me at HZemel@berdonllp.com or your Berdon advisor if you want more information about business travel deductions.
Hal Zemel, a Tax Principal at Berdon LLP, New York Accountants, has more than 20 years in public accounting and advises businesses in the real estate, service, and manufacturing sectors.