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Old 08-22-2012, 09:05 AM  
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Question for you Accountant types

Ok here is the situation. I have been offered a temporary (contract) position out of state. The contracting company is located in the state where I will be working. They will bring me on as a W-2 employee for the length of the contract. So the question is can I deduct travel and lodging or am I ****ed because I would be an employee and the contracting company actually resides in the city of where I will be working?
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:11 AM   #2
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So this is really an issue of commuting? If so, there's no deduction for it. Where you live is entirely personal, and the tax code only allows for a characterization of travel incurred in pursuit of business, not personal expense.

You could move away and deduct the moving expense, though, if it's far enough away.

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Old 08-22-2012, 10:19 AM   #3
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if you itemize your taxes .. yes you can deduct a percent of it .....
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:03 PM   #4
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if you itemize your taxes .. yes you can deduct a percent of it .....
Even though I am a W-2 and not a 1099? And yes, I itemize my taxes.
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Old 08-22-2012, 12:53 PM   #5
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Even though I am a W-2 and not a 1099? And yes, I itemize my taxes.
Go talk to a CPA. It depends on the kind of work and the nature of the travel.

If the travel could be fixed by moving closer to the job, it isn't deductible. But if you're filing a schedule C or whatever the 1099 comes under, you shouldn't be deducting commuting expenses anyway.
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:18 PM   #6
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Yeah, you are pretty much screwed. The IRS is pretty clear on this and even provide an example:

Generally, your tax home is the entire city or general area where your main place of business or work is located, regardless of where you maintain your family home. For example, you live with your family in Chicago but work in Milwaukee where you stay in a hotel and eat in restaurants. You return to Chicago every weekend. You may not deduct any of your travel, meals, or lodging in Milwaukee because that is your tax home. Your travel on weekends to your family home in Chicago is not for your work, so these expenses are also not deductible. If you regularly work in more than one place, your tax home is the general area where your main place of business or work is located.

http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc511.html
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