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Free income tax filing for seniors Purpose: Business purpose for the expense or the business benefit gained or expected to be gained. Free income tax filing for seniors    Relationship: N/A Entertainment Cost of each separate expense. Free income tax filing for seniors Incidental expenses such as taxis, telephones, etc. Free income tax filing for seniors , may be totaled on a daily basis. Free income tax filing for seniors Date of entertainment. Free income tax filing for seniors (Also see Business Purpose. Free income tax filing for seniors ) Name and address or location of place of entertainment. Free income tax filing for seniors Type of entertainment if not otherwise apparent. Free income tax filing for seniors (Also see Business Purpose. Free income tax filing for seniors ) Purpose: Business purpose for the expense or the business benefit gained or expected to be gained. Free income tax filing for seniors  For entertainment, the nature of the business discussion or activity. 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Free income tax filing for seniors This information could be needed to clarify or to establish the accuracy or reliability of information contained in your records, statements, testimony, or documentary evidence before a deduction is allowed. Free income tax filing for seniors    THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL INTERNAL REVENUE FORM Table 5-3. Free income tax filing for seniors Weekly Traveling Expense and Entertainment Record From: To: Name: Expenses Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Total 1. Free income tax filing for seniors Travel Expenses: Airlines                                 Excess Baggage                                 Bus – Train                                 Cab and Limousine                                 Tips                                 Porter                                 2. 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Free income tax filing for seniors ) (Detail mileage in Schedule A. Free income tax filing for seniors ) Gas, oil, lube, wash                                 Repairs, parts                                 Tires, supplies                                 Parking fees, tolls                                 6. Free income tax filing for seniors Other (Identify)                                 Total                                 Note: Attach receipted bills for (1) ALL lodging and (2) any other expenses of $75. Free income tax filing for seniors 00 or more. 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