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Free file 2010 taxes   For tax purposes, travel expenses are the ordinary and necessary expenses of traveling away from home for your business, profession, or job. Free file 2010 taxes   An ordinary expense is one that is common and accepted in your trade or business. Free file 2010 taxes A necessary expense is one that is helpful and appropriate for your business. Free file 2010 taxes An expense does not have to be required to be considered necessary. Free file 2010 taxes   You will find examples of deductible travel expenses in Table 1-1 , later. Free file 2010 taxes 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. Free file 2010 taxes This rest requirement is not satisfied by merely napping in your car. 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Free file 2010 taxes You can deduct the cost of your round trip between Baltimore and Pittsburgh. Free file 2010 taxes You can also deduct your part of your family's living expenses for meals and lodging while you are living and working in Pittsburgh. Free file 2010 taxes Temporary Assignment or Job You may regularly work at your tax home and also work at another location. Free file 2010 taxes It may not be practical to return to your tax home from this other location at the end of each work day. Free file 2010 taxes Temporary assignment vs. Free file 2010 taxes indefinite assignment. Free file 2010 taxes   If your assignment or job away from your main place of work is temporary, your tax home does not change. Free file 2010 taxes You are considered to be away from home for the whole period you are away from your main place of work. Free file 2010 taxes You can deduct your travel expenses if they otherwise qualify for deduction. 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Free file 2010 taxes   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. Free file 2010 taxes You cannot deduct any of your expenses for meals and lodging during the probationary period. Free file 2010 taxes 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. Free file 2010 taxes You can deduct ordinary and necessary expenses you have when you travel away from home on business. Free file 2010 taxes The type of expense you can deduct depends on the facts and your circumstances. Free file 2010 taxes Table 1-1 summarizes travel expenses you may be able to deduct. Free file 2010 taxes You may have other deductible travel expenses that are not covered there, depending on the facts and your circumstances. 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Free file 2010 taxes    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. Free file 2010 taxes Employee. Free file 2010 taxes   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. Free file 2010 taxes Business associate. Free file 2010 taxes   If a business associate travels with you and meets the conditions in (2) and (3), earlier, you can deduct the travel expenses you have for that person. Free file 2010 taxes A business associate is someone with whom you could reasonably expect to actively conduct business. Free file 2010 taxes A business associate can be a current or prospective (likely to become) customer, client, supplier, employee, agent, partner, or professional advisor. 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Free file 2010 taxes 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. Free file 2010 taxes Meals include amounts spent for food, beverages, taxes, and related tips. Free file 2010 taxes See Meals for additional rules and limits. Free file 2010 taxes cleaning dry cleaning and laundry. Free file 2010 taxes telephone business calls while on your business trip. Free file 2010 taxes This includes business communication by fax machine or other communication devices. Free file 2010 taxes tips tips you pay for any expenses in this chart. Free file 2010 taxes other other similar ordinary and necessary expenses related to your business travel. Free file 2010 taxes 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. Free file 2010 taxes Example. 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Free file 2010 taxes It is necessary for you to stop for substantial sleep or rest to properly perform your duties while traveling away from home on business. Free file 2010 taxes The meal is business-related entertainment. Free file 2010 taxes Business-related entertainment is discussed in chapter 2 . Free file 2010 taxes The following discussion deals only with meals that are not business-related entertainment. Free file 2010 taxes Lavish or extravagant. Free file 2010 taxes   You cannot deduct expenses for meals that are lavish or extravagant. Free file 2010 taxes An expense is not considered lavish or extravagant if it is reasonable based on the facts and circumstances. Free file 2010 taxes 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. Free file 2010 taxes 50% limit on meals. Free file 2010 taxes   You can figure your meals expense using either of the following methods. Free file 2010 taxes Actual cost. Free file 2010 taxes The standard meal allowance. Free file 2010 taxes Both of these methods are explained below. Free file 2010 taxes But, regardless of the method you use, you generally can deduct only 50% of the unreimbursed cost of your meals. Free file 2010 taxes   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. Free file 2010 taxes If you are not reimbursed, the 50% limit applies whether the unreimbursed meal expense is for business travel or business entertainment. Free file 2010 taxes Chapter 2 discusses the 50% Limit in more detail, and chapter 6 discusses accountable and nonaccountable plans. Free file 2010 taxes Actual Cost 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. Free file 2010 taxes If you use this method, you must keep records of your actual cost. Free file 2010 taxes Standard Meal Allowance Generally, you can use the “standard meal allowance” method as an alternative to the actual cost method. Free file 2010 taxes 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. Free file 2010 taxes The set amount varies depending on where and when you travel. Free file 2010 taxes In this publication, “standard meal allowance” refers to the federal rate for M&IE, discussed later under Amount of standard meal allowance . Free file 2010 taxes If you use the standard meal allowance, you still must keep records to prove the time, place, and business purpose of your travel. Free file 2010 taxes See the recordkeeping rules for travel in chapter 5 . Free file 2010 taxes Incidental expenses. Free file 2010 taxes   The term “incidental expenses” means fees and tips given to porters, baggage carriers, hotel staff, and staff on ships. Free file 2010 taxes   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. Free file 2010 taxes Incidental-expenses-only method. Free file 2010 taxes   You can use an optional method (instead of actual cost) for deducting incidental expenses only. Free file 2010 taxes The amount of the deduction is $5 a day. Free file 2010 taxes You can use this method only if you did not pay or incur any meal expenses. Free file 2010 taxes You cannot use this method on any day that you use the standard meal allowance. Free file 2010 taxes This method is subject to the proration rules for partial days. Free file 2010 taxes See Travel for days you depart and return , later in this chapter. Free file 2010 taxes Note. Free file 2010 taxes The incidental-expenses-only method is not subject to the 50% limit discussed below. Free file 2010 taxes Federal employees should refer to the Federal Travel Regulations at www. Free file 2010 taxes gsa. Free file 2010 taxes gov. Free file 2010 taxes Find the “Most Requested Links” on the upper left and click on “Regulations: FAR, FMR, FTR” for Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) for changes affecting claims for reimbursement. Free file 2010 taxes 50% limit may apply. Free file 2010 taxes   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. Free file 2010 taxes 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. Free file 2010 taxes The 50% limit is discussed in more detail in chapter 2, and accountable and nonaccountable plans are discussed in chapter 6. Free file 2010 taxes There is no optional standard lodging amount similar to the standard meal allowance. Free file 2010 taxes Your allowable lodging expense deduction is your actual cost. Free file 2010 taxes Who can use the standard meal allowance. Free file 2010 taxes   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. Free file 2010 taxes Use of the standard meal allowance for other travel. 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Free file 2010 taxes Standard meal allowance for areas outside the continental United States. Free file 2010 taxes   The standard meal allowance rates above do not apply to travel in Alaska, Hawaii, or any other location outside the continental United States. Free file 2010 taxes The Department of Defense establishes per diem rates for Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Midway, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U. Free file 2010 taxes S. Free file 2010 taxes Virgin Islands, Wake Island, and other non-foreign areas outside the continental United States. Free file 2010 taxes The Department of State establishes per diem rates for all other foreign areas. Free file 2010 taxes    You can access per diem rates for non-foreign areas outside the continental United States at: www. Free file 2010 taxes defensetravel. Free file 2010 taxes dod. Free file 2010 taxes mil/site/perdiemCalc. Free file 2010 taxes cfm. 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Free file 2010 taxes Under Method 2, Jen could also use any method that she applies consistently and that is in accordance with reasonable business practice. Free file 2010 taxes 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. Free file 2010 taxes Travel in the United States The following discussion applies to travel in the United States. Free file 2010 taxes For this purpose, the United States includes the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Free file 2010 taxes 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. Free file 2010 taxes See Part of Trip Outside the United States , later. Free file 2010 taxes Trip Primarily for Business You can deduct all of your travel expenses if your trip was entirely business related. Free file 2010 taxes 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 only your business-related travel expenses. Free file 2010 taxes These expenses include the travel costs of getting to and from your business destination and any business-related expenses at your business destination. Free file 2010 taxes Example. Free file 2010 taxes You work in Atlanta and take a business trip to New Orleans in May. Free file 2010 taxes Your business travel totals 850 miles round trip. Free file 2010 taxes On your way, you stop in Mobile to visit your parents. Free file 2010 taxes You spend $2,120 for the 9 days you are away from home for travel, meals, lodging, and other travel expenses. Free file 2010 taxes If you had not stopped in Mobile, you would have been gone only 6 days, and your total cost would have been $1,820. Free file 2010 taxes You can deduct $1,820 for your trip, including the cost of round-trip transportation to and from New Orleans. Free file 2010 taxes The deduction for your meals is subject to the 50% limit on meals mentioned earlier. Free file 2010 taxes 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. Free file 2010 taxes However, you can deduct any expenses you have while at your destination that are directly related to your business. Free file 2010 taxes 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. Free file 2010 taxes 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. Free file 2010 taxes Part of Trip Outside the United States If part of your trip is outside the United States, use the rules described later in this chapter under Travel Outside the United States for that part of the trip. Free file 2010 taxes For the part of your trip that is inside the United States, use the rules for travel in the United States. Free file 2010 taxes Travel outside the United States does not include travel from one point in the United States to another point in the United States. Free file 2010 taxes The following discussion can help you determine whether your trip was entirely within the United States. Free file 2010 taxes Public transportation. Free file 2010 taxes   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. Free file 2010 taxes 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 . Free file 2010 taxes Example. Free file 2010 taxes You fly from New York to Puerto Rico with a scheduled stop in Miami. Free file 2010 taxes You return to New York nonstop. Free file 2010 taxes 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. Free file 2010 taxes Because there are no scheduled stops between Puerto Rico and New York, all of the return trip is outside the United States. Free file 2010 taxes Private car. Free file 2010 taxes   Travel by private car in the United States is travel between points in the United States, even though you are on your way to a destination outside the United States. Free file 2010 taxes Example. Free file 2010 taxes You travel by car from Denver to Mexico City and return. Free file 2010 taxes 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. Free file 2010 taxes The rules under Travel Outside the United States apply to your trip from the border to Mexico City and back to the border. Free file 2010 taxes 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. Free file 2010 taxes For this purpose, the United States includes the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Free file 2010 taxes 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. Free file 2010 taxes 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. Free file 2010 taxes Travel entirely for business. Free file 2010 taxes   If you travel outside the United States and you spend the entire time on business activities, you can deduct all of your travel expenses. Free file 2010 taxes Travel considered entirely for business. Free file 2010 taxes   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. Free file 2010 taxes Exception 1 - No substantial control. Free file 2010 taxes   Your trip is considered entirely for business if you did not have substantial control over arranging the trip. Free file 2010 taxes The fact that you control the timing of your trip does not, by itself, mean that you have substantial control over arranging your trip. Free file 2010 taxes   You do not have substantial control over your trip if you: Are an employee who was reimbursed or paid a travel expense allowance, and Are not related to your employer, or Are not a managing executive. Free file 2010 taxes    “Related to your employer” is defined later in chapter 6 under Per Diem and Car Allowances . Free file 2010 taxes   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. Free file 2010 taxes   A self-employed person generally has substantial control over arranging business trips. Free file 2010 taxes Exception 2 - Outside United States no more than a week. Free file 2010 taxes   Your trip is considered entirely for business if you were outside the United States for a week or less, combining business and nonbusiness activities. Free file 2010 taxes One week means 7 consecutive days. Free file 2010 taxes 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. Free file 2010 taxes Example. Free file 2010 taxes You traveled to Brussels primarily for business. Free file 2010 taxes You left Denver on Tuesday and flew to New York. Free file 2010 taxes On Wednesday, you flew from New York to Brussels, arriving the next morning. Free file 2010 taxes On Thursday and Friday, you had business discussions, and from Saturday until Tuesday, you were sightseeing. Free file 2010 taxes You flew back to New York, arriving Wednesday afternoon. Free file 2010 taxes On Thursday, you flew back to Denver. Free file 2010 taxes Although you were away from your home in Denver for more than a week, you were not outside the United States for more than a week. Free file 2010 taxes This is because the day you depart does not count as a day outside the United States. Free file 2010 taxes You can deduct your cost of the round-trip flight between Denver and Brussels. Free file 2010 taxes You can also deduct the cost of your stay in Brussels for Thursday and Friday while you conducted business. Free file 2010 taxes However, you cannot deduct the cost of your stay in Brussels from Saturday through Tuesday because those days were spent on nonbusiness activities. Free file 2010 taxes Exception 3 - Less than 25% of time on personal activities. Free file 2010 taxes   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. Free file 2010 taxes For this purpose, count both the day your trip began and the day it ended. Free file 2010 taxes Example. Free file 2010 taxes You flew from Seattle to Tokyo, where you spent 14 days on business and 5 days on personal matters. Free file 2010 taxes You then flew back to Seattle. Free file 2010 taxes You spent 1 day flying in each direction. Free file 2010 taxes Because only 5/21 (less than 25%) of your total time abroad was for nonbusiness activities, you can deduct as travel expenses what it would have cost you to make the trip if you had not engaged in any nonbusiness activity. Free file 2010 taxes The amount you can deduct is the cost of the round-trip plane fare and 16 days of meals (subject to the 50% limit), lodging, and other related expenses. Free file 2010 taxes Exception 4 - Vacation not a major consideration. Free file 2010 taxes   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. Free file 2010 taxes Travel Primarily for Business If you travel outside the United States primarily for business but spend some of your time on other activities, you generally cannot deduct all of your travel expenses. Free file 2010 taxes You can only deduct the business portion of your cost of getting to and from your destination. Free file 2010 taxes You must allocate the costs between your business and other activities to determine your deductible amount. Free file 2010 taxes See Travel allocation rules , later. Free file 2010 taxes You do not have to allocate your travel expenses if you meet one of the four exceptions listed earlier under Travel considered entirely for business . Free file 2010 taxes In those cases, you can deduct the total cost of getting to and from your destination. Free file 2010 taxes Travel allocation rules. Free file 2010 taxes   If your trip outside the United States was primarily for business, you must allocate your travel time on a day-to-day basis between business days and nonbusiness days. Free file 2010 taxes The days you depart from and return to the United States are both counted as days outside the United States. Free file 2010 taxes   To figure the deductible amount of your round-trip travel expenses, use the following fraction. Free file 2010 taxes The numerator (top number) is the total number of business days outside the United States. Free file 2010 taxes The denominator (bottom number) is the total number of business and nonbusiness days of travel. Free file 2010 taxes Counting business days. Free file 2010 taxes   Your business days include transportation days, days your presence was required, days you spent on business, and certain weekends and holidays. Free file 2010 taxes Transportation day. Free file 2010 taxes   Count as a business day any day you spend traveling to or from a business destination. Free file 2010 taxes However, if because of a nonbusiness activity you do not travel by a direct route, your business days are the days it would take you to travel a reasonably direct route to your business destination. Free file 2010 taxes Extra days for side trips or nonbusiness activities cannot be counted as business days. Free file 2010 taxes Presence required. Free file 2010 taxes   Count as a business day any day your presence is required at a particular place for a specific business purpose. Free file 2010 taxes Count it as a business day even if you spend most of the day on nonbusiness activities. Free file 2010 taxes Day spent on business. Free file 2010 taxes   If your principal activity during working hours is the pursuit of your trade or business, count the day as a business day. Free file 2010 taxes Also, count as a business day any day you are prevented from working because of circumstances beyond your control. Free file 2010 taxes Certain weekends and holidays. Free file 2010 taxes   Count weekends, holidays, and other necessary standby days as business days if they fall between business days. Free file 2010 taxes But if they follow your business meetings or activity and you remain at your business destination for nonbusiness or personal reasons, do not count them as business days. Free file 2010 taxes Example 1. Free file 2010 taxes Your tax home is New York City. Free file 2010 taxes You travel to Quebec, where you have a business appointment on Friday. Free file 2010 taxes You have another appointment on the following Monday. Free file 2010 taxes Because your presence was required on both Friday and Monday, they are business days. Free file 2010 taxes Because the weekend is between business days, Saturday and Sunday are counted as business days. Free file 2010 taxes This is true even though you use the weekend for sightseeing, visiting friends, or other nonbusiness activity. Free file 2010 taxes Example 2. Free file 2010 taxes If, in Example 1, you had no business in Quebec after Friday, but stayed until Monday before starting home, Saturday and Sunday would be nonbusiness days. Free file 2010 taxes Nonbusiness activity on the way to or from your business destination. Free file 2010 taxes   If you stopped for a vacation or other nonbusiness activity either on the way from the United States to your business destination, or on the way back to the United States from your business destination, you must allocate part of your travel expenses to the nonbusiness activity. Free file 2010 taxes   The part you must allocate is the amount it would have cost you to travel between the point where travel outside the United States begins and your nonbusiness destination and a return to the point where travel outside the United States ends. Free file 2010 taxes   You determine the nonbusiness portion of that expense by multiplying it by a fraction. Free file 2010 taxes The numerator (top number) of the fraction is the number of nonbusiness days during your travel outside the United States and the denominator (bottom number) is the total number of days you spend outside the United States. Free file 2010 taxes Example. Free file 2010 taxes You live in New York. Free file 2010 taxes On May 4 you flew to Paris to attend a business conference that began on May 5. Free file 2010 taxes The conference ended at noon on May 14. Free file 2010 taxes That evening you flew to Dublin where you visited with friends until the afternoon of May 21, when you flew directly home to New York. Free file 2010 taxes The primary purpose for the trip was to attend the conference. Free file 2010 taxes If you had not stopped in Dublin, you would have arrived home the evening of May 14. Free file 2010 taxes You do not meet any of the exceptions that would allow you to consider your travel entirely for business. Free file 2010 taxes May 4 through May 14 (11 days) are business days and May 15 through May 21 (7 days) are nonbusiness days. Free file 2010 taxes You can deduct the cost of your meals (subject to the 50% limit), lodging, and other business-related travel expenses while in Paris. Free file 2010 taxes You cannot deduct your expenses while in Dublin. Free file 2010 taxes You also cannot deduct 7/18 of what it would have cost you to travel round-trip between New York and Dublin. Free file 2010 taxes You paid $750 to fly from New York to Paris, $400 to fly from Paris to Dublin, and $700 to fly from Dublin back to New York. Free file 2010 taxes Round-trip airfare from New York to Dublin would have been $1,250. Free file 2010 taxes You figure the deductible part of your air travel expenses by subtracting 7/18 of the round-trip fare and other expenses you would have had in traveling directly between New York and Dublin ($1,250 × 7/18 = $486) from your total expenses in traveling from New York to Paris to Dublin and back to New York ($750 + $400 + $700 = $1,850). Free file 2010 taxes Your deductible air travel expense is $1,364 ($1,850 − $486). Free file 2010 taxes Nonbusiness activity at, near, or beyond business destination. Free file 2010 taxes   If you had a vacation or other nonbusiness activity at, near, or beyond your business destination, you must allocate part of your travel expenses to the nonbusiness activity. Free file 2010 taxes   The part you must allocate is the amount it would have cost you to travel between the point where travel outside the United States begins and your business destination and a return to the point where travel outside the United States ends. Free file 2010 taxes   You determine the nonbusiness portion of that expense by multiplying it by a fraction. Free file 2010 taxes The numerator (top number) of the fraction is the number of nonbusiness days during your travel outside the United States and the denominator (bottom number) is the total number of days you spend outside the United States. Free file 2010 taxes   None of your travel expenses for nonbusiness activities at, near, or beyond your business destination are deductible. Free file 2010 taxes Example. Free file 2010 taxes Assume that the dates are the same as in the previous example but that instead of going to Dublin for your vacation, you fly to Venice, Italy, for a vacation. Free file 2010 taxes You cannot deduct any part of the cost of your trip from Paris to Venice and return to Paris. Free file 2010 taxes In addition, you cannot deduct 7/18 of the airfare and other expenses from New York to Paris and back to New York. Free file 2010 taxes You can deduct 11/18 of the round-trip plane fare and other travel expenses from New York to Paris, plus your meals (subject to the 50% limit), lodging, and any other business expenses you had in Paris. Free file 2010 taxes (Assume these expenses total $4,939. Free file 2010 taxes ) If the round-trip plane fare and other travel-related expenses (such as food during the trip) are $1,750, you can deduct travel costs of $1,069 (11/18 × $1,750), plus the full $4,939 for the expenses you had in Paris. Free file 2010 taxes Other methods. Free file 2010 taxes   You can use another method of counting business days if you establish that it more clearly reflects the time spent on other than business activities outside the United States. Free file 2010 taxes 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. Free file 2010 taxes However, 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. Free file 2010 taxes Example. Free file 2010 taxes The university from which you graduated has a continuing education program for members of its alumni association. Free file 2010 taxes This program consists of trips to various foreign countries where academic exercises and conferences are set up to acquaint individuals in most occupations with selected facilities in several regions of the world. Free file 2010 taxes However, none of the conferences are directed toward specific occupations or professions. Free file 2010 taxes It is up to each participant to seek out specialists and organizational settings appropriate to his or her occupational interests. Free file 2010 taxes Three-hour sessions are held each day over a 5-day period at each of the selected overseas facilities where participants can meet with individual practitioners. Free file 2010 taxes These sessions are composed of a variety of activities including workshops, mini-lectures, role playing, skill development, and exercises. Free file 2010 taxes Professional conference directors schedule and conduct the sessions. Free file 2010 taxes Participants can choose those sessions they wish to attend. Free file 2010 taxes You can participate in this program since you are a member of the alumni association. Free file 2010 taxes You and your family take one of the trips. Free file 2010 taxes You spend about 2 hours at each of the planned sessions. Free file 2010 taxes The rest of the time you go touring and sightseeing with your family. Free file 2010 taxes The trip lasts less than 1 week. Free file 2010 taxes Your travel expenses for the trip are not deductible since the trip was primarily a vacation. Free file 2010 taxes However, registration fees and any other incidental expenses you have for the five planned sessions you attended that are directly related and beneficial to your business are deductible business expenses. Free file 2010 taxes These expenses should be specifically stated in your records to ensure proper allocation of your deductible business expenses. Free file 2010 taxes Luxury Water Travel If you travel by ocean liner, cruise ship, or other form of luxury water transportation for business purposes, there is a daily limit on the amount you can deduct. Free file 2010 taxes The limit is twice the highest federal per diem rate allowable at the time of your travel. Free file 2010 taxes (Generally, the federal per diem is the amount paid to federal government employees for daily living expenses when they travel away from home, but in the United States, for business purposes. Free file 2010 taxes ) Daily limit on luxury water travel. Free file 2010 taxes   The highest federal per diem rate allowed and the daily limit for luxury water travel in 2013 is shown in the following table. Free file 2010 taxes   2013 Dates Highest Federal Per Diem Daily Limit on Luxury Water Travel   Jan. Free file 2010 taxes 1 – Mar. Free file 2010 taxes 31 $367 $734   Apr. Free file 2010 taxes 1 – June 30 312 624   July 1 – Aug. Free file 2010 taxes 31 310 620   Sept. Free file 2010 taxes 1 – Sept. Free file 2010 taxes 30 366 732   Oct. Free file 2010 taxes 1 – Dec. Free file 2010 taxes 31 374 748 Example. Free file 2010 taxes Caroline, a travel agent, traveled by ocean liner from New York to London, England, on business in May. Free file 2010 taxes Her expense for the 6-day cruise was $5,200. Free file 2010 taxes Caroline's deduction for the cruise cannot exceed $3,744 (6 days × $624 daily limit). Free file 2010 taxes Meals and entertainment. Free file 2010 taxes   If your expenses for luxury water travel include separately stated amounts for meals or entertainment, those amounts are subject to the 50% limit on meals and entertainment before you apply the daily limit. Free file 2010 taxes For a discussion of the 50% Limit , see chapter 2. Free file 2010 taxes Example. Free file 2010 taxes In the previous example, Caroline's luxury water travel had a total cost of $5,200. Free file 2010 taxes Of that amount, $3,700 was separately stated as meals and entertainment. Free file 2010 taxes Caroline, who is self-employed, is not reimbursed for any of her travel expenses. Free file 2010 taxes Caroline figures her deductible travel expenses as follows. Free file 2010 taxes Meals and entertainment $3,700   50% limit × . Free file 2010 taxes 50   Allowable meals &     entertainment $1,850   Other travel expenses + 1,800   Allowable cost before the daily limit $3,650 Daily limit for May 2013 $624   Times number of days × 6   Maximum luxury water travel     deduction $3,744 Amount of allowable deduction $3,650 Caroline's deduction for her cruise is limited to $3,650, even though the limit on luxury water travel is slightly higher. Free file 2010 taxes Not separately stated. Free file 2010 taxes   If your meal or entertainment charges are not separately stated or are not clearly identifiable, you do not have to allocate any portion of the total charge to meals or entertainment. Free file 2010 taxes Exceptions The daily limit on luxury water travel (discussed earlier) does not apply to expenses you have to attend a convention, seminar, or meeting on board a cruise ship. Free file 2010 taxes See Cruise Ships under Conventions. Free file 2010 taxes Conventions You can deduct your travel expenses when you attend a convention if you can show that your attendance benefits your trade or business. Free file 2010 taxes You cannot deduct the travel expenses for your family. Free file 2010 taxes If the convention is for investment, political, social, or other purposes unrelated to your trade or business, you cannot deduct the expenses. Free file 2010 taxes Your appointment or election as a delegate does not, in itself, determine whether you can deduct travel expenses. Free file 2010 taxes You can deduct your travel expenses only if your attendance is connected to your own trade or business. Free file 2010 taxes Convention agenda. Free file 2010 taxes   The convention agenda or program generally shows the purpose of the convention. Free file 2010 taxes 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. Free file 2010 taxes 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. Free file 2010 taxes Conventions Held Outside the North American Area You cannot deduct expenses for attending a convention, seminar, or similar meeting held outside the North American area unless: The meeting is directly related to your trade or business, and It is reasonable to hold the meeting outside the North American area. Free file 2010 taxes See Reasonableness test , later. Free file 2010 taxes If the meeting meets these requirements, you also must satisfy the rules for deducting expenses for business trips in general, discussed earlier under Travel Outside the United States . Free file 2010 taxes North American area. Free file 2010 taxes   The North American area includes the following locations. Free file 2010 taxes American Samoa Johnston Island Antigua and Barbuda Kingman Reef Aruba Marshall Islands Bahamas Mexico Baker Island Micronesia Barbados Midway Islands Bermuda Netherlands Antilles Canada Northern Mariana Costa Rica Islands Dominica Palau Dominican Republic Palmyra Atoll Grenada Panama Guam Puerto Rico Guyana Trinidad and Tobago Honduras USA Howland Island U. Free file 2010 taxes S. Free file 2010 taxes Virgin Islands Jamaica Wake Island Jarvis Island   The North American area also includes U. Free file 2010 taxes S. Free file 2010 taxes islands, cays, and reefs that are possessions of the United States and not part of the fifty states or the District of Columbia. Free file 2010 taxes Reasonableness test. Free file 2010 taxes   The following factors are taken into account to determine if it was reasonable to hold the meeting outside the North American area. Free file 2010 taxes The purpose of the meeting and the activities taking place at the meeting. Free file 2010 taxes The purposes and activities of the sponsoring organizations or groups. Free file 2010 taxes The homes of the active members of the sponsoring organizations and the places at which other meetings of the sponsoring organizations or groups have been or will be held. Free file 2010 taxes Other relevant factors you may present. Free file 2010 taxes Cruise Ships You can deduct up to $2,000 per year of your expenses of attending conventions, seminars, or similar meetings held on cruise ships. Free file 2010 taxes All ships that sail are considered cruise ships. Free file 2010 taxes You can deduct these expenses only if all of the following requirements are met. Free file 2010 taxes The convention, seminar, or meeting is directly related to your trade or business. Free file 2010 taxes The cruise ship is a vessel registered in the United States. Free file 2010 taxes All of the cruise ship's ports of call are in the United States or in possessions of the United States. Free file 2010 taxes You attach to your return a written statement signed by you that includes information about: The total days of the trip (not including the days of transportation to and from the cruise ship port), The number of hours each day that you devoted to scheduled business activities, and A program of the scheduled business activities of the meeting. Free file 2010 taxes You attach to your return a written statement signed by an officer of the organization or group sponsoring the meeting that includes: A schedule of the business activities of each day of the meeting, and The number of hours you attended the scheduled business activities. Free file 2010 taxes Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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Free file 2010 taxes 29. Free file 2010 taxes   Límite sobre Deducciones Detalladas Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: ¿Está Usted Sujeto al Límite? ¿Qué Deducciones Detalladas Están Limitadas? ¿Qué Deducciones Detalladas no Están Limitadas? ¿Cómo se Calcula el Límite?Ejemplo Introduction Este capítulo trata del límite general sobre las deducciones detalladas en el Anexo A (Formulario 1040). Free file 2010 taxes Los temas abarcan: Quién está sujeto al límite. Free file 2010 taxes Qué deducciones detalladas están limitadas. Free file 2010 taxes Cómo calcular el límite. Free file 2010 taxes Useful Items - You may want to see: Formulario (e Instrucciones) Anexo A (Formulario 1040) Itemized Deductions (Deducciones detalladas), en inglés. Free file 2010 taxes ¿Está Usted Sujeto al Límite? Si tiene ingresos brutos ajustados (AGI, por sus siglas en inglés) de más de $300,000, si es casado que presenta la declaración conjunta o viudo calificado, $275,000, si es cabeza de familia, $250,000, si es soltero o $150,000, si es casado que presenta la declaración por separado, está sujeto al límite sobre determinadas deducciones detalladas. Free file 2010 taxes El ingreso bruto ajustado (AGI) es la cantidad de la línea 38 (Formulario 1040). Free file 2010 taxes ¿Qué Deducciones Detalladas Están Limitadas? Las siguientes deducciones del Anexo A (Formulario 1040) están sujetas al límite general sobre las deducciones detalladas: Impuestos pagados —línea 9. Free file 2010 taxes Intereses pagados —líneas 10,11,12 y 13. Free file 2010 taxes Donaciones a organizaciones caritativas —línea 19. Free file 2010 taxes Gastos laborales y determinadas deducciones misceláneas —línea 27. Free file 2010 taxes Otras deducciones misceláneas —línea 28, excluyendo pérdidas por apuestas y juegos de azar y por hecho fortuito o robo. Free file 2010 taxes ¿Qué Deducciones Detalladas no Están Limitadas? Las siguientes deducciones del Anexo A (Formulario 1040) no están sujetas al límite general sobre las deducciones detalladas. Free file 2010 taxes Sin embargo, igualmente están sujetas a otros límites aplicables. Free file 2010 taxes Gastos médicos y dentales —línea 4. Free file 2010 taxes Gastos de intereses de inversión —línea 14. Free file 2010 taxes Pérdidas por hecho fortuito y robo de bienes de uso personal —línea 20. Free file 2010 taxes Pérdidas por hecho fortuito y robo de bienes que generan ingresos —línea 28. Free file 2010 taxes Pérdidas por apuestas y juegos de azar —línea 28. Free file 2010 taxes ¿Cómo se Calcula el Límite? Si las deducciones detalladas están sujetas al límite, el total de todas sus deducciones detalladas es reducido por la cantidad menor de uno de: el 80% de las deducciones detalladas afectadas por el límite. Free file 2010 taxes Vea ¿Qué Deducciones Detalladas Están Limitadas? , anteriormente o el 3% de la cantidad por la cual los ingresos brutos ajustados sobrepasen $300,000, si es casado que presenta la declaración conjunta o viudo calificado, $275,000, si es cabeza de familia, $250,000, si es soltero o $150,000, si es casado que presenta la declaración por separado. Free file 2010 taxes Antes de calcular el límite general sobre las deducciones detalladas, primero tiene que llenar las líneas 1 a 28 del Anexo A (Formulario 1040), incluyendo todo formulario afín (tal como el Formulario 2106, el Formulario 4684, etc. Free file 2010 taxes ) El límite general sobre las deducciones detalladas se calcula después de haberse aplicado cualquier otro límite sobre la asignación de alguna deducción detallada. Free file 2010 taxes Estos límites adicionales abarcan los límites sobre donaciones caritativas (capítulo 24), el límite sobre determinados gastos de comida y entretenimiento (capítulo 26) y el límite del 2% de los ingresos brutos ajustados sobre determinadas deducciones misceláneas (capítulo 28). Free file 2010 taxes Hoja de trabajo de deducciones detalladas. Free file 2010 taxes   Después de completar hasta la línea 28, inclusive, del Anexo A (Formulario 1040), puede utilizar la Itemized Deductions Worksheet (Hoja de trabajo de las deducciones detalladas), en las Instrucciones del Anexo A (Formulario 1040) para calcular el límite. Free file 2010 taxes Anote el resultado en la línea 29 del Anexo A (Formulario 1040). Free file 2010 taxes Guarde la hoja de trabajo con su documentación. Free file 2010 taxes Debe comparar la cantidad de la deducción estándar con la cantidad de las deducciones detalladas después de aplicar el límite. Free file 2010 taxes Utilice la cantidad mayor cuando complete la línea 40 (Formulario 1040). Free file 2010 taxes Vea el capítulo 20 para información sobre cómo calcular la deducción estándar. Free file 2010 taxes Ejemplo Para el año tributario 2013, Guillermo y Teresa Valdez presentan la declaración conjunta en el Formulario 1040. Free file 2010 taxes Tienen ingresos brutos ajustados de $325,500 en la línea 38. Free file 2010 taxes Las deducciones detalladas de su Anexo A son las siguientes: Impuestos pagados —línea 9   $ 17,900 Intereses pagados —líneas 10,11,12 y 13   45,000 Gasto de intereses de inversión  —línea 14   41,000 Donaciones a organizaciones caritativas —línea 19   21,000 Gastos laborales —línea 27   17,240 Total   $142,140       La deducción por gastos de intereses de inversión de los Valdez ($41,000 de la línea 14 del Anexo A (Formulario 1040) no está sujeta al límite general de las deducciones detalladas. Free file 2010 taxes Los Valdez utilizan la Itemized Deductions Worksheet (Hoja de trabajo de las deducciones detalladas), en las Instrucciones del Anexo A (Formulario 1040) para calcular el límite general. Free file 2010 taxes Del total de las deducciones detalladas de $142,140, los Valdez pueden deducir sólo $141,375 ($142,140 - $765). Free file 2010 taxes Anotan $141,375 en la línea 29 del Anexo A (Formulario 1040). 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