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Foreign travel expenditure above ₹2 lakh has to be disclosed in the ITR

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As the pandemic recedes, traveling is on everyone’s mind. As foreign travel gains momentum in 2022, it helps to be aware of the implications of foreign travel on income tax return filing and disclosures.

Individuals are required to disclose any foreign travel expenditure above ₹ 2 lakh in their income tax return (ITR). This expenditure may be incurred by the individuals themselves or spent on behalf of any other person. For example, Madhu travels to Dubai in March 2022 and spends ₹ 2.1 lakh on this. Her income from business/profession is ₹ 2.4 lakh and so she believes she is not required to file her tax returns.

Generally, individuals are required to file tax returns only if their total income exceeds the maximum amount not chargeable to tax, subject to certain conditions. In the Finance Bill, 2019, with the objective of ensuring better governance, the government has through an amendment included the following categories and widened the scope of income tax-return filing requirement for individuals/HUFs who were otherwise not required to file a tax return:

1. Those with an electricity consumption bill of over ₹ 1 lakh.

2. Those with foreign travel expenditure for self or someone else of ₹ 2 lakh or more.

3. Those with a deposit of an amount or an aggregate of the amounts exceeding ₹ 1 crore in a current account.

4. Persons claiming the benefit of tax exemption for long-term capital gains (LTCG) under various provisions of section 54 of the income tax (I-T) Act.

This amendment ensured that people who have the ability to incur large expenditure do not evade the liability of filing tax returns or escape from paying tax.

Now, since for FY 2021-22, Madhu has spent more than ₹ 2 lakh on foreign travel, she will be required to file tax returns and disclose the expenditure in her ITR.

Let’s take another example. Suppose, Mina travels to Dubai in March 2022 and spends ₹ 2.1 lakh. She does not have any income and hence does not regularly file income tax returns (ITR). All the expenses for the trip are sponsored by her son, Alpesh. Now, since for the FY 2021-22, Alpesh has spent more than ₹ 2 lakh on foreign travel, he will be required to file an ITR and disclose the expenditure in his ITR even though he has not travelled but has only spent the amount.

Here’s another example. Say, Asha travels to Dubai on a company sponsored trip in March 2022 and the company incurs an expense of ₹ 2.1 lakh on this trip. She believes that since it is foreign travel, she will have to file an ITR and disclose this in it. However, the requirements stated above are only for expenditure incurred from one’s own source of income and hence company-sponsored foreign travel is out of its purview. Now, suppose after her official trip, she plans to extend her visit and go to Abu Dhabi and her personal expenditure comes to ₹ 2.5 lakh. She will have to file ITR and make the disclosure for ₹ 2.5 lakh spent out of her own source of income.

It is pertinent to note that even if the amount is spent in foreign currency and is equivalent to ₹ 2 lakh or more, the aforementioned income tax-return filing and disclosure requirements are applicable. Also, the limit of ₹ 2 lakh stated above is the aggregate limit for a financial year.

Suppose, during FY 2021-22 Harsh travelled to Nepal and spent ₹ 80,000 and then he travelled to Dubai where he spent ₹ 1 lakh. After that, he visited Singapore and spent ₹ 90,000. He believes that he is not required to file an ITR or disclose these expenses as he spent less than ₹ 2 lakh on each trip. This belief of Harsh is incorrect as the limit of ₹ 2 lakh is at the aggregate level for the financial year.

Since his aggregate foreign travel expenditure exceeds ₹ 2 lakh, Harsh will be required to file an ITR and disclose these expenses.

Nitesh Buddhadev is founder of Nimit Consultancy.

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Everything You Need to Know About Taxes While Traveling

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It’s easy to complete your taxes when you’re at home, but things get more complicated while traveling. Different countries, provinces, and cities charge a wide range of taxes you may not be used to. It’s important to have an idea of the taxes you’ll be responsible for during your trip.

This article will cover some of the most common tax issues Americans face when traveling abroad. Every location is different, so do some research on the specific place you’re visiting. This will help you budget for your trip to avoid overspending .

Foreign Income Tax Exclusion

While people around the world can generally work in another country without paying taxes back home, the United States is one of just two countries (along with Eritrea) that does things differently. American citizens are expected to pay income tax even if they’re traveling for an extended period of time.

If you’re planning on earning any money while you’re out of the country, it’s important to consider American income taxes in your budget before you start traveling. Dealing with unexpected taxes can be a major financial strain, especially considering that you’re generally required to pay taxes at the same rate – effectively doubling (or more than doubling) your total income tax burden.

Foreign Earned Income Exclusion

Fortunately, you can use the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion to claim at least some exemptions on income taxes while abroad. The maximum exclusion allowed is adjusted each year, and it was set at $105,900 for 2019. Anything you earn beyond that number will be subject to American federal income tax, even if you qualify for the exclusion.

That said, the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion can be used only on certain types of income. These are some of the most common kinds of earnings that aren’t covered:

  • Income earned in international waters
  • Income earned in certain combat areas
  • Income received more than one tax year after the service was rendered
  • Income earned through social security and other benefits
  • Income earned for work done on behalf of the American government

You should double-check that you qualify before budgeting for your trip abroad. Keep in mind that you have to be in the target country for at least 330 days in twelve months to receive the exemption. You can take advantage of the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion by filling out Form 2555 , or Form 2555-EZ if you aren’t also filing for a foreign housing deduction.

Prices May Include Sales Taxes

Most countries worldwide charge some kind of sales tax, so this isn’t exactly a new form of taxation for Americans. That said, you should be aware that the United States is one of the few countries that doesn’t include tax in its prices.

For example, in most states, if you see something with a $39.99 price tag, you can expect to pay a little more in sales tax. Listed prices customarily reflect the pre-tax cost.

People who travel around the United States often don’t know the tax rates in each state and city. Some states don’t even charge sales tax at all!

Since taxes aren’t included, they won’t know how much an item really costs until checkout.

However, in nearly every other country you’ll travel to, the price you see is exactly what you pay. This makes traveling much simpler.

Deductions on Business Trips

You should always be looking for ways to deduct more expenses when filing taxes and there are a number of ways to reduce your tax bill while traveling. In general, the IRS allows you to deduct expenses if your trip is directly connected to your work , and you can claim these deductions whether you’re at home or abroad.

That said, you can receive travel tax deductions only for temporary trips, so don’t expect to continue claiming them if you’re staying in the same country for a long period of time.

The IRS limits deductions to one-year trips – after that, you’ll pay both American income tax and likely taxes in your country of residence. These are some of the most common expenses that are eligible for a deduction:

  • Hotels and lodging: If you need to stay at your destination overnight, you can deduct the entire cost from your earned income.
  • Communication: Phone bills, faxes, and other communication costs are also deductible.
  • Luggage and shipping: Expenses related to transporting your goods are deductible. This could include airline baggage fees along with shipping costs on anything you need in the destination country. Of course, this applies only to items you need for work.
  • Transportation: Transportation costs can add up quickly when you’re traveling internationally, and you can deduct flights, taxis, rental cars, trains, and other transportation expenses. The only excluded service is luxury water travel.
  • Food: The IRS allows you to deduct only half the cost of each meal, but food is one of the top expenses on business trips. You can save a lot on taxes by filing for deductions on food you purchased while traveling.

International Flight Taxes

The U.S. government charges taxes on every international flight, including a separate cost for each leg of a journey. Most people aren’t aware of the impact these taxes have on the price they pay for international travel.

The United Kingdom has among the highest flight taxes in the world, so you should book flights without U.K. layovers whenever possible.

You can also save money on these taxes by looking for nonstop flights. Larger airports are more likely to run direct flights to international destinations, so you could save money by flying out of a hub airport, even if it’s further from your home. Don’t forget to include taxes and fees when comparing airline costs.

Bottom Line

Taxes are probably the last thing on your mind as you get ready for an international trip, but it’s important to understand these costs before you leave the country. These are just a few of the most important taxes Americans need to know about when traveling abroad.

What taxes have surprised you when traveling overseas?

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Logan Allec is a CPA, personal finance expert, and founder of the finance blog Money Done Right , which he launched in July 2017. After spending nearly a decade in the corporate world helping big businesses save money, he launched his blog with the goal of helping everyday Americans earn, save, and invest more money.

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Mastering Tax Rules for American Business Travelers Abroad: Tips and Tricks from CPAs

Are you planning a business trip overseas and are wondering about tax deductions? As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) firm, we’ve got you covered! Let’s dive into the tax rules for foreign business travel.

Tax Deductions for Overseas Business Trips

If your trip out of the country is entirely for business purposes, you can deduct:

  • All travel costs
  • Meals (at 50%)
  • Some incidental costs (like laundry and dry cleaning)

One Week Tax Rule for Foreign Business Travel

If your business trip requires a passport and lasts for a week or less , then your travel expenses are 100% deductible, including transportation costs and daily out-of-pocket living expenses for business days (50% limitation on meals).

A week for this purpose means seven consecutive days, not counting the day of departure, but counting the day of return.

25% Rule: Mostly Business

If your business trip is longer than a week, you can deduct your travel expenses if the personal days make up less than 25% of the total days spent on the trip.

For this purpose, the total days of the trip include the day of departure and the day of return.

What tax rules count as business days:

  • If business is conducted for a part of the day, it’s counted as a business day
  • Days spent traveling to or from a business destination
  • Weekend days or holidays falling between two business days.

Example: Tax Deductions for Foreign Business Travel

Let’s say you’re like Andrew and you fly to Paris on a Monday primarily for business reasons. You spend Tuesday and Wednesday vacationing. Then you spend Thursday, Friday, and the following Monday – Thursday on business before flying home Friday.

Counting the days of return and departure, it’s a 12 day trip. Only the first Tuesday and Wednesday are nonbusiness days. Thus, less than 25% of the trip is personal (two personal days of 12 total trip days).

All of the travel costs, meals (at 50%), and lodging for the business days are deductible, but the meals and lodging costs for the two vacation days are not.

If you don’t meet the one week or 25% rule, you may still be able to deduct all of the travel costs if you can show that the chance to take a vacation was not a major consideration for the trip. Of course, the larger the vacation portion, the more difficult it will be to make your case.

Example: Partial Business and Personal Travel Over a Week

Now, if your trip is primarily but not entirely for business, the rules get more complex.

If your trip doesn’t meet the one week rule or the 25% rule, the costs allocable to the personal (vacation) part of the trip cannot be deducted.

For example, if the trip covers 10 days—four personal and six business—meals, lodging, etc. are only deductible for the business days. Furthermore, only 60% of the travel costs (airfare, etc.) are deductible, reflecting the fact that only 60% of the days of the trip were business days.

Primarily Personal Business Trip

If the trip is primarily personal, none of the costs of travel to and from the destination are deductible, even if some time is spent on business. Lodging, meals, etc. would be deductible for the business days.

That’s it for the tax rules for foreign business travel. Always consult with a CPA to ensure you’re following the IRS guidelines and maximizing your tax deductions.

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What Are Travel Expenses?

Understanding travel expenses, the bottom line.

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Travel Expenses Definition and Tax Deductible Categories

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For tax purposes, travel expenses are costs associated with traveling to conduct business-related activities. Reasonable travel expenses can generally be deducted from taxable income by a company when its employees incur costs while traveling away from home specifically for business. That business can include conferences or meetings.

Key Takeaways

  • Travel expenses are tax-deductible only if they were incurred to conduct business-related activities.
  • Only ordinary and necessary travel expenses are deductible; expenses that are deemed unreasonable, lavish, or extravagant are not deductible.
  • The IRS considers employees to be traveling if their business obligations require them to be away from their "tax home” substantially longer than an ordinary day's work.
  • Examples of deductible travel expenses include airfare, lodging, transportation services, meals and tips, and the use of communications devices.

Travel expenses incurred while on an indefinite work assignment that lasts more than one year are not deductible for tax purposes.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers employees to be traveling if their business obligations require them to be away from their "tax home" (the area where their main place of business is located) for substantially longer than an ordinary workday, and they need to get sleep or rest to meet the demands of their work while away.

Well-organized records—such as receipts, canceled checks, and other documents that support a deduction—can help you get reimbursed by your employer and can help your employer prepare tax returns. Examples of travel expenses can include:

  • Airfare and lodging for the express purpose of conducting business away from home
  • Transportation services such as taxis, buses, or trains to the airport or to and around the travel destination
  • The cost of meals and tips, dry cleaning service for clothes, and the cost of business calls during business travel
  • The cost of computer rental and other communications devices while on the business trip

Travel expenses do not include regular commuting costs.

Individual wage earners can no longer deduct unreimbursed business expenses. That deduction was one of many eliminated by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

While many travel expenses can be deducted by businesses, those that are deemed unreasonable, lavish, or extravagant, or expenditures for personal purposes, may be excluded.

Types of Travel Expenses

Types of travel expenses can include:

  • Personal vehicle expenses
  • Taxi or rideshare expenses
  • Airfare, train fare, or ferry fees
  • Laundry and dry cleaning
  • Business meals
  • Business calls
  • Shipment costs for work-related materials
  • Some equipment rentals, such as computers or trailers

The use of a personal vehicle in conjunction with a business trip, including actual mileage, tolls, and parking fees, can be included as a travel expense. The cost of using rental vehicles can also be counted as a travel expense, though only for the business-use portion of the trip. For instance, if in the course of a business trip, you visited a family member or acquaintance, the cost of driving from the hotel to visit them would not qualify for travel expense deductions .

The IRS allows other types of ordinary and necessary expenses to be treated as related to business travel for deduction purposes. Such expenses can include transport to and from a business meal, the hiring of a public stenographer, payment for computer rental fees related to the trip, and the shipment of luggage and display materials used for business presentations.

Travel expenses can also include operating and maintaining a house trailer as part of the business trip.

Can I Deduct My Business Travel Expenses?

Business travel expenses can no longer be deducted by individuals.

If you are self-employed or operate your own business, you can deduct those "ordinary and necessary" business expenses from your return.

If you work for a company and are reimbursed for the costs of your business travel , your employer will deduct those costs at tax time.

Do I Need Receipts for Travel Expenses?

Yes. Whether you're an employee claiming reimbursement from an employer or a business owner claiming a tax deduction, you need to prepare to prove your expenditures. Keep a running log of your expenses and file away the receipts as backup.

What Are Reasonable Travel Expenses?

Reasonable travel expenses, from the viewpoint of an employer or the IRS, would include transportation to and from the business destination, accommodation costs, and meal costs. Certainly, business supplies and equipment necessary to do the job away from home are reasonable. Taxis or Ubers taken during the business trip are reasonable.

Unreasonable is a judgment call. The boss or the IRS might well frown upon a bill for a hotel suite instead of a room, or a sports car rental instead of a sedan.

Individual taxpayers need no longer fret over recordkeeping for unreimbursed travel expenses. They're no longer tax deductible by individuals, at least until 2025 when the provisions in the latest tax reform package are due to expire or be extended.

If you are self-employed or own your own business, you should keep records of your business travel expenses so that you can deduct them properly.

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Business travelers are employees who travel for a variety of reasons, including project-based travel, visits to suppliers or customers, or to attend training or business meetings.

The destinations for such travel can be as varied as the length of the trip. The duration of a business traveler’s trip may be a day, several weeks or several months, but due to policy and tax requirements, typically not more than a year.

Business travelers frequently are not on a company’s radar for tracking by human resources or payroll because they are not covered by a different compensation policy and have not been identified as presenting compliance risks to the employer. Operating without a proper tracking mechanism can expose the employee to unexpected tax liabilities in the host location and the company to exposure related to its corporate tax liability as well as payroll and withholding requirements.

Employers who are aware of the tax complexities presented by both domestic and international business travelers often struggle to identify who their business traveler population even is. In most cases more needs to be done to proactively manage these risks if the employer wants to limit corporate tax risks and potential penalties for noncompliance in its payroll withholding processes.

  • Does the company have employees who travel outside their home state or country as a part of the regular job duties?
  • What is the typical length of the business trips and how are employees compensated for expenses incurred while away from the home location?
  • What is the typical business purpose of the travel?
  • Who bares the salary cost associated with the duties performed by the employees while away from home?
  • Is business travel tracked for purposes of tax compliance associated with deferred or equity compensation?
  • Have all home and host locations been identified to determine if there is treaty protection for both federal income and social security tax and to see if there are state income tax obligations resulting from the U.S. presence?

General Rules

  • The individual spends less than 183 days in a rolling 12-month period in the host country.
  • The cost of the remuneration is not borne by an employer resident in the host country.
  • The remuneration is not borne by a permanent establishment (PE) that the employer has in the host country.
  • Social Security Taxes – Wages allocable to services performed in the U.S. FICA: Social Security and Medicare Tax – Wages are allocable to services performed in the U.S., unless the employee is covered by a Certificate of Coverage. etc. FICA and Medicare Taxes – there is no de minimis threshold for taxable earnings. However the employee is exempt if a certificate of coverage under a social security treaty (i.e. Totalization Agreement) from the home country is in place.
  • State Taxes – Whether a business traveler is subject to state income tax is dependent upon whether a tax treaty is available to provide relief from federal income tax and whether the destination state recognizes the treaty relief. Some states honor the provisions of tax treaties and others do not. Although states are not permitted to enter into agreements with nations, many states use federal taxable income as the starting point for determining state income tax liability.

Are a Business Traveler’s Travel Expense Reimbursements Taxable?

In general, expenses incurred by business travelers (e.g. airfare, hotels, meals, and local transportation) are considered to be deductible business expenses and thus are not considered taxable income to the employee when the employee is working “away from home”. However, the determination of whether an employee is “away from home” is dependent upon whether the work location is considered temporary. If the destination is considered a non-temporary work location, expenses incurred in traveling there would be considered nondeductible commuting expenses and all local travel, housing and meals would be considered taxable benefits in kind.

What is Required to File a U.S. Tax Return?

All individuals filing a U.S. tax return must have obtained a U.S. tax identification number (TIN). Most U.S. citizens and residents use their social security number as their TIN. However, business travelers to the U.S. are not always eligible to obtain a social security number, depending on the type of visa used to enter the U.S. and conduct business. If they do not have a social security number, they must request an individual taxpayer identification number (ITIN) from the IRS.

Why Should Employers Take Action Now?

Tax authorities both at the federal and state levels are targeting business travelers and their employers due both to the high level of noncompliance and to raise additional revenue. By leveraging corporate data available during routine audits, such as travel records and expense reports, the tax agents are identifying nonresident business travelers within their borders. Of particular interest to companies with business travelers inbound to the US, the IRS Foreign Payments Practice group is focused on enforcing the withholding and information reporting rules and regulations pertaining to nonresident aliens and foreign entities. With increased communication and coordination between immigration and tax authorities, individual business travelers are also facing increased enforcement activity.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Business Travel Tax Deduction

Justin W. Jones, EA, JD

Justin is an IRS Enrolled Agent, allowing him to represent taxpayers before the IRS. He loves helping freelancers and small business owners save on taxes. He is also an attorney and works part-time with the Keeper Tax team.

You don’t have to fly first class and stay at a fancy hotel to claim travel expense tax deductions. Conferences, worksite visits, and even a change of scenery can (sometimes) qualify as business travel.

What counts as business travel?

The IRS does have a few simple guidelines for determining what counts as business travel. Your trip has to be:

  • Mostly business
  • An “ordinary and necessary” expense
  • Someplace far away from your “tax home”

What counts as "mostly business"?

The IRS will measure your time away in days. If you spend more days doing business activities than not, your trip is considered "mostly business". Your travel days are counted as work days.

Special rules for traveling abroad

If you are traveling abroad for business purposes, you trip counts as " entirely for business " as long as you spend less than 25% of your time on personal activities (like vacationing). Your travel days count as work days.

So say you you head off to Zurich for nine days. You've got a seven-day run of conference talks, client meetings, and the travel it takes to get you there. You then tack on two days skiing on the nearby slopes.

Good news: Your trip still counts as "entirely for business." That's because two out of nine days is less than 25%.

What is an “ordinary and necessary” expense?

“Ordinary and necessary” means that the trip:

  • Makes sense given your industry, and
  • Was taken for the purpose of carrying out business activities

If you have a choice between two conferences — one in your hometown, and one in London — the British one wouldn’t be an ordinary and necessary expense.

What is your tax home?

A taxpayer can deduct travel expenses anytime you are traveling away from home but depending on where you work the IRS definition of “home” can get complicated.

Your tax home is often — but not always — where you live with your family (what the IRS calls your "family home"). When it comes to defining it, there are two factors to consider:

  • What's your main place of business, and
  • How large is your tax home

What's your main place of business?

If your main place of business is somewhere other than your family home, your tax home will be the former — where you work, not where your family lives.

For example, say you:

  • Live with your family in Chicago, but
  • Work in Milwaukee during the week (where you stay in hotels and eat in restaurants)

Then your tax home is Milwaukee. That's your main place of business, even if you travel back to your family home every weekend.

How large is your tax home?

In most cases, your tax home is the entire city or general area where your main place of business is located.

The “entire city” is easy to define but “general area” gets a bit tricker. For example, if you live in a rural area, then your general area may span several counties during a regular work week.

Rules for business travel

Want to check if your trip is tax-deductible? Make sure it follows these rules set by the IRS.

1. Your trip should take you away from your home base

A good rule of thumb is 100 miles. That’s about a two hour drive, or any kind of plane ride. To be able to claim all the possible travel deductions, your trip should require you to sleep somewhere that isn’t your home.

2. You should be working regular hours

In general, that means eight hours a day of work-related activity.

It’s fine to take personal time in the evenings, and you can still take weekends off. But you can’t take a half-hour call from Disneyland and call it a business trip.

Here's an example. Let’s say you’re a real estate agent living in Chicago. You travel to an industry conference in Las Vegas. You go to the conference during the day, go out in the evenings, and then stay the weekend. That’s a business trip!

3. The trip should last less than a year

Once you’ve been somewhere for over a year, you’re essentially living there. However, traveling for six months at a time is fine!

For example, say you’re a freelancer on Upwork, living in Seattle. You go down to stay with your sister in San Diego for the winter to expand your client network, and you work regular hours while you’re there. That counts as business travel.

What about digital nomads?

With the rise of remote-first workplaces, many freelancers choose to take their work with them as they travel the globe. There are a couple of requirements these expats have to meet if they want to write off travel costs.

Requirement #1: A tax home

Digital nomads have to be able to claim a particular foreign city as a tax home if they want to write off any travel expenses. You don't have to be there all the time — but it should be your professional home base when you're abroad.

For example, say you've rent a room or a studio apartment in Prague for the year. You regularly call clients and finish projects from there. You still travel a lot, for both work and play. But Prague is your tax home, so you can write off travel expenses.

Requirement #2: Some work-related reason for traveling

As long as you've got a tax home and some work-related reason for traveling, these excursion count as business trips. Plausible reasons include meeting with local clients, or attending a local conference and then extending your stay.

However, if you’re a freelance software developer working from Thailand because you like the weather, that unfortunately doesn't count as business travel.

The travel expenses you can write off

As a rule of thumb, all travel-related expenses on a business trip are tax-deductible. You can also claim meals while traveling, but be careful with entertainment expenses (like going out for drinks!).

Here are some common travel-related write-offs you can take.

🛫 All transportation

Any transportation costs are a travel tax deduction. This includes traveling by airplane, train, bus, or car. Baggage fees are deductible, and so are Uber rides to and from the airport.

Just remember: if a client is comping your airfare, or if you booked your ticket with frequent flier miles, then it isn't deductible since your cost was $0.

If you rent a car to go on a business trip, that rental is tax-deductible. If you drive your own vehicle, you can either take actual costs or use the standard mileage deduction. There's more info on that in our guide to deducting car expenses .

Hotels, motels, Airbnb stays, sublets on Craigslist, even reimbursing a friend for crashing on their couch: all of these are tax-deductible lodging expenses.

🥡 Meals while traveling

If your trip has you staying overnight — or even crashing somewhere for a few hours before you can head back — you can write off food expenses. Grabbing a burger alone or a coffee at your airport terminal counts! Even groceries and takeout are tax-deductible.

One important thing to keep in mind: You can usually deduct 50% of your meal costs. For 2021 and 2022, meals you get at restaurants are 100% tax-deductible. Go to the grocery store, though, and you’re limited to the usual 50%.

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🌐 Wi-Fi and communications

Wi-Fi — on a plane or at your hotel — is completely deductible when you’re traveling for work. This also goes for other communication expenses, like hotspots and international calls.

If you need to ship things as part of your trip — think conference booth materials or extra clothes — those expenses are also tax-deductible.

👔 Dry cleaning

Need to look your best on the trip? You can write off related expenses, like laundry charges.

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Travel expenses you can't deduct

Some travel costs may seem like no-brainers, but they're not actually tax-deductible. Here are a couple of common ones to watch our for.

The cost of bringing your child or spouse

If you bring your child or spouse on a business trip, your travel expense deductions get a little trickier. In general, the cost of bring other people on a business trip is considered personal expense — which means it's not deductible.

You can only deduct travel expenses if your child or spouse:

  • Is an employee,
  • Has a bona fide business purpose for traveling with you, and
  • Would otherwise be allowed to deduct the travel expense on their own

Some hotel bill charges

Staying in a hotel may be required for travel purposes. That's why the room charge and taxes are deductible.

Some additional charges, though, won't qualify. Here are some examples of fees that aren't tax-deductible:

  • Gym or fitness center fees
  • Movie rental fees
  • Game rental fees

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Where to claim travel expenses when filing your taxes

If you are self-employed, you will claim all your income tax deduction on the Schedule C. This is part of the Form 1040 that self-employed people complete ever year.

What happens if your business deductions are disallowed?

If the IRS challenges your business deduction and they are disallowed, there are potential penalties. This can happen if:

  • The deduction was not legitimate and shouldn't have been claimed in the first place, or
  • The deduction was legitimate, but you don't have the documentation to support it

When does the penalty come into play?

The 20% penalty is not automatic. It only applies if it allowed you to pay substantially less taxes than you normally would. In most cases, the IRS considers “substantially less” to mean you paid at least 10% less.

In practice, you would only reach this 10% threshold if the IRS disqualified a significant number of your travel deductions.

How much is the penalty?

The penalty is normally 20% of the difference between what you should have paid and what you actually paid. You also have to make up the original difference.

In total, this means you will be paying 120% of your original tax obligation: your original obligation, plus 20% penalty.

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How to Deduct Travel Expenses (with Examples)

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November 3, 2022

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Good news: most of the regular costs of business travel are tax deductible.

Even better news: as long as the trip is primarily for business, you can tack on a few vacation days and still deduct the trip from your taxes (in good conscience).

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Even though we advise against exploiting this deduction, we do want you to understand how to leverage the process to save on your taxes, and get some R&R while you’re at it.

Follow the steps in this guide to exactly what qualifies as a travel expense, and how to not cross the line.

The travel needs to qualify as a “business trip”

Unfortunately, you can’t just jump on the next plane to the Bahamas and write the trip off as one giant business expense. To write off travel expenses, the IRS requires that the primary purpose of the trip needs to be for business purposes.

Here’s how to make sure your travel qualifies as a business trip.

1. You need to leave your tax home

Your tax home is the locale where your business is based. Traveling for work isn’t technically a “business trip” until you leave your tax home for longer than a normal work day, with the intention of doing business in another location.

2. Your trip must consist “mostly” of business

The IRS measures your time away in days. For a getaway to qualify as a business trip, you need to spend the majority of your trip doing business.

For example, say you go away for a week (seven days). You spend five days meeting with clients, and a couple of days lounging on the beach. That qualifies as business trip.

But if you spend three days meeting with clients, and four days on the beach? That’s a vacation. Luckily, the days that you travel to and from your location are counted as work days.

3. The trip needs to be an “ordinary and necessary” expense

“Ordinary and necessary ” is a term used by the IRS to designate expenses that are “ordinary” for a business, given the industry it’s in, and “necessary” for the sake of carrying out business activities.

If there are two virtually identical conferences taking place—one in Honolulu, the other in your hometown—you can’t write off an all-expense-paid trip to Hawaii.

Likewise, if you need to rent a car to get around, you’ll have trouble writing off the cost of a Range Rover if a Toyota Camry will get you there just as fast.

What qualifies as “ordinary and necessary” can seem like a gray area at times, and you may be tempted to fudge it. Our advice: err on the side of caution. if the IRS chooses to investigate and discovers you’ve claimed an expense that wasn’t necessary for conducting business, you could face serious penalties .

4. You need to plan the trip in advance

You can’t show up at Universal Studios , hand out business cards to everyone you meet in line for the roller coaster, call it “networking,” and deduct the cost of the trip from your taxes. A business trip needs to be planned in advance.

Before your trip, plan where you’ll be each day, when, and outline who you’ll spend it with. Document your plans in writing before you leave. If possible, email a copy to someone so it gets a timestamp. This helps prove that there was professional intent behind your trip.

The rules are different when you travel outside the United States

Business travel rules are slightly relaxed when you travel abroad.

If you travel outside the USA, you only have to spend at least 25% of your time outside of the country conducting business for the getaway to qualify as a business trip.

If you travel outside the USA but spend less than 25% of your time doing business, you can still deduct travel costs proportional to how much time you do spend working during the trip.

For example, say you go on a five-day international trip. If you spend two days conducting business, you can deduct the entire cost of the airfare as a business expense—because two days out of five is equivalent to 40% of your time away.

But if you only spend one day out of the five-day trip conducting business—or just 20% of your time away—you would only be able to deduct 20% of the cost of your airfare, because the trip no longer qualifies as business.

List of travel expenses

Here are some examples of business travel deductions you can claim:

  • Plane, train, and bus tickets between your home and your business destination
  • Baggage fees
  • Laundry and dry cleaning during your trip
  • Rental car costs
  • Hotel and Airbnb costs
  • 50% of eligible business meals
  • 50% of meals while traveling to and from your destination

On a business trip, you can deduct 100% of the cost of travel to your destination, whether that’s a plane, train, or bus ticket. If you rent a car to get there, and to get around, that cost is deductible, too.

The cost of your lodging is tax deductible. You can also potentially deduct the cost of lodging on the days when you’re not conducting business, but it depends on how you schedule your trip. The trick is to wedge “vacation days” in between work days.

Here’s a sample itinerary to explain how this works:

Thursday: Fly to Durham, NC. Friday: Meet with clients. Saturday: Intermediate line dancing lessons. Sunday: Advanced line dancing lessons. Monday: Meet with clients. Tuesday: Fly home.

Thursday and Tuesday are travel days (remember: travel days on business trips count as work days). And Friday and Monday, you’ll be conducting business.

It wouldn’t make sense to fly home for the weekend (your non-work days), only to fly back into Durham for your business meetings on Monday morning.

So, since you’re technically staying in Durham on Saturday and Sunday, between the days when you’ll be conducting business, the total cost of your lodging on the trip is tax deductible, even if you aren’t actually doing any work on the weekend.

It’s not your fault that your client meetings are happening in Durham—the unofficial line dancing capital of America .

Meals and entertainment during your stay

Even on a business trip, you can only deduct a portion of the meal and entertainment expenses that specifically facilitate business. So, if you’re in Louisiana closing a deal over some alligator nuggets, you can write off 50% of the bill.

Just make sure you make a note on the receipt, or in your expense-tracking app , about the nature of the meeting you conducted—who you met with, when, and what you discussed.

On the other hand, if you’re sampling the local cuisine and there’s no clear business justification for doing so, you’ll have to pay for the meal out of your own pocket.

Meals and entertainment while you travel

While you are traveling to the destination where you’re doing business, the meals you eat along the way can be deducted by 50% as business expenses.

This could be your chance to sample local delicacies and write them off on your tax return. Just make sure your tastes aren’t too extravagant. Just like any deductible business expense, the meals must remain “ordinary and necessary” for conducting business.

How Bench can help

Surprised at the kinds of expenses that are tax-deductible? Travel expenses are just one of many unexpected deductible costs that can reduce your tax bill. But with messy or incomplete financials, you can miss these tax saving expenses and end up with a bigger bill than necessary.

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Bringing friends & family on a business trip

Don’t feel like spending the vacation portion of your business trip all alone? While you can’t directly deduct the expense of bringing friends and family on business trips, some costs can be offset indirectly.

Driving to your destination

Have three or four empty seats in your car? Feel free to fill them. As long as you’re traveling for business, and renting a vehicle is a “necessary and ordinary” expense, you can still deduct your business mileage or car rental costs even when others join you for the ride.

One exception: If you incur extra mileage or “unnecessary” rental costs because you bring your family along for the ride, the expense is no longer deductible because it isn’t “necessary or ordinary.”

For example, let’s say you had to rent an extra large van to bring your children on a business trip. If you wouldn’t have needed to rent the same vehicle to travel alone, the expense of the extra large van no longer qualifies as a business deduction.

Renting a place to stay

Similar to the driving expense, you can only deduct lodging equivalent to what you would use if you were travelling alone.

However, there is some flexibility. If you pay for lodging to accommodate you and your family, you can deduct the portion of lodging costs that is equivalent to what you would pay only for yourself .

For example, let’s say a hotel room for one person costs $100, but a hotel room that can accommodate your family costs $150, You can rent the $150 option and deduct $100 of the cost as a business expense—because $100 is how much you’d be paying if you were staying there alone.

This deduction has the potential to save you a lot of money on accommodation for your family. Just make sure make sure you hold on to receipts and records that state the prices of different rooms, in case you need to justify the expense to the IRS

Heads up. When it comes to AirBnB, the lines get blurry. It’s easy to compare the cost of a hotel room with one bed to a hotel room with two beds. But when you’re comparing significantly different lodgings, with different owners—a pool house versus a condo, for example—it becomes hard to justify deductions. Sticking to “traditional” lodging like hotels and motels may help you avoid scrutiny during an audit. And when in doubt: ask your tax advisor.

So your trip is technically a vacation? You can still claim any business-related expenses

The moment your getaway crosses the line from “business trip” to “vacation” (e.g. you spend more days toasting your buns than closing deals) you can no longer deduct business travel expenses.

Generally, a “vacation” is:

  • A trip where you don’t spend the majority of your days doing business
  • A business trip you can’t back up with correct documentation

However, you can still deduct regular business-related expenses if you happen to conduct business while you’re on vacay.

For example, say you visit Portland for fun, and one of your clients also lives in that city. You have a lunch meeting with your client while you’re in town. Because the lunch is business related, you can write off 50% of the cost of the meal, the same way you would any other business meal and entertainment expense . Just make sure you keep the receipt.

Meanwhile, the other “vacation” related expenses that made it possible to meet with this client in person—plane tickets to Portland, vehicle rental so you could drive around the city—cannot be deducted; the trip is still a vacation.

If your business travel is with your own vehicle

There are two ways to deduct business travel expenses when you’re using your own vehicle.

  • Actual expenses method
  • Standard mileage rate method

Actual expenses is where you total up the actual cost associated with using your vehicle (gas, insurance, new tires, parking fees, parking tickets while visiting a client etc.) and multiply it by the percentage of time you used it for business. If it was 50% for business during the tax year, you’d multiply your total car costs by 50%, and that’d be the amount you deduct.

Standard mileage is where you keep track of the business miles you drove during the tax year, and then you claim the standard mileage rate .

The cost of breaking the rules

Don’t bother trying to claim a business trip unless you have the paperwork to back it up. Use an app like Expensify to track business expenditure (especially when you travel for work) and master the art of small business recordkeeping .

If you claim eligible write offs and maintain proper documentation, you should have all of the records you need to justify your deductions during a tax audit.

Speaking of which, if your business is flagged to be audited, the IRS will make it a goal to notify you by mail as soon as possible after your filing. Usually, this is within two years of the date for which you’ve filed. However, the IRS reserves the right to go as far back as six years.

Tax penalties for disallowed business expense deductions

If you’re caught claiming a deduction you don’t qualify for, which helped you pay substantially less income tax than you should have, you’ll be penalized. In this case, “substantially less” means the equivalent of a difference of 10% of what you should have paid, or $5,000—whichever amount is higher.

The penalty is typically 20% of the difference between what you should have paid and what you actually paid in income tax. This is on top of making up the difference.

Ultimately, you’re paying back 120% of what you cheated off the IRS.

If you’re slightly confused at this point, don’t stress. Here’s an example to show you how this works:

Suppose you would normally pay $30,000 income tax. But because of a deduction you claimed, you only pay $29,000 income tax.

If the IRS determines that the deduction you claimed is illegitimate, you’ll have to pay the IRS $1200. That’s $1000 to make up the difference, and $200 for the penalty.

Form 8275 can help you avoid tax penalties

If you think a tax deduction may be challenged by the IRS, there’s a way you can file it while avoiding any chance of being penalized.

File Form 8275 along with your tax return. This form gives you the chance to highlight and explain the deduction in detail.

In the event you’re audited and the deduction you’ve listed on Form 8275 turns out to be illegitimate, you’ll still have to pay the difference to make up for what you should have paid in income tax—but you’ll be saved the 20% penalty.

Unfortunately, filing Form 8275 doesn’t reduce your chances of being audited.

Where to claim travel expenses

If you’re self-employed, you’ll claim travel expenses on Schedule C , which is part of Form 1040.

When it comes to taking advantage of the tax write-offs we’ve discussed in this article—or any tax write-offs, for that matter—the support of a professional bookkeeping team and a trusted CPA is essential.

Accurate financial statements will help you understand cash flow and track deductible expenses. And beyond filing your taxes, a CPA can spot deductions you may have overlooked, and represent you during a tax audit.

Learn more about how to find, hire, and work with an accountant . And when you’re ready to outsource your bookkeeping, try Bench .

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26 CFR § 1.274-4 - Disallowance of certain foreign travel expenses.

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(a) Introductory. Section 274(c) and this section impose certain restrictions on the deductibility of travel expenses incurred in the case of an individual who, while traveling outside the United States away from home in the pursuit of trade or business (hereinafter termed “business activity”), engages in substantial personal activity not attributable to such trade or business (hereinafter termed “nonbusiness activity”). Section 274(c) and this section are limited in their application to individuals (whether or not an employee or other person traveling under a reimbursement or other expense allowance arrangement) who engage in nonbusiness activity while traveling outside the United States away from home, and do not impose restrictions on the deductibility of travel expenses incurred by an employer or client under an advance, reimbursement, or other arrangement with the individual who engages in nonbusiness activity . For purposes of this section, the term United States includes only the States and the District of Columbia, and any reference to “trade or business” or “business activity” includes any activity described in section 212. For rules governing the determination of travel outside the United States away from home, see paragraph (e) of this section. For rules governing the disallowance of travel expense to which this section applies, see paragraph (f) of this section.

(b) Limitations on application of section. The restrictions on deductibility of travel expenses contained in paragraph (f) of this section are applicable only if:

(1) The travel expense is otherwise deductible under section 162 or 212 and the regulations thereunder,

(2) The travel expense is for travel outside the United States away from home which exceeds 1 week (as determined under paragraph (c) of this section), and

(3) The time outside the United States away from home attributable to nonbusiness activity (as determined under paragraph (d) of this section) constitutes 25 percent or more of the total time on such travel.

(c) Travel in excess of 1 week. This section does not apply to an expense of travel unless the expense is for travel outside the United States away from home which exceeds 1 week. For purposes of this section, 1 week means 7 consecutive days. The day in which travel outside the United States away from home begins shall not be considered, but the day in which such travel ends shall be considered, in determining whether a taxpayer is outside the United States away from home for more than 7 consecutive days. For example , if a taxpayer departs on travel outside the United States away from home on a Wednesday morning and ends such travel the following Wednesday evening, he shall be considered as being outside the United States away from home only 7 consecutive days. In such a case, this section would not apply because the taxpayer was not outside the United States away from home for more than 7 consecutive days. However, if the taxpayer travels outside the United States away from home for more than 7 consecutive days, both the day such travel begins and the day such travel ends shall be considered a “business day” or a “nonbusiness day”, as the case may be, for purposes of determining whether nonbusiness activity constituted 25 percent or more of travel time under paragraph (d) of this section and for purposes of allocating expenses under paragraph (f) of this section. For purposes of determining whether travel is outside the United States away from home, see paragraph (e) of this section.

(d) Nonbusiness activity constituting 25 percent or more of travel time —(1) In general. This section does not apply to any expense of travel outside the United States away from home unless the portion of time outside the United States away from home attributable to nonbusiness activity constitutes 25 percent or more of the total time on such travel.

(2) Allocation on per day basis. The total time traveling outside the United States away from home will be allocated on a day-by-day basis to (i) days of business activity or (ii) days of nonbusiness activity (hereinafter termed “business days” or “nonbusiness days” respectively) unless the taxpayer establishes that a different method of allocation more clearly reflects the portion of time outside the United States away from home which is attributable to nonbusiness activity . For purposes of this section, a day spent outside the United States away from home shall be deemed entirely a business day even though spent only in part on business activity if the taxpayer establishes:

(i) Transportation days. That on such day the taxpayer was traveling to or returning from a destination outside the United States away from home in the pursuit of trade or business . However, if for purposes of engaging in nonbusiness activity , the taxpayer while traveling outside the United States away from home does not travel by a reasonably direct route, only that number of days shall be considered business days as would be required for the taxpayer , using the same mode of transportation , to travel to or return from the same destination by a reasonably direct route. Also, if, while so traveling, the taxpayer interrupts the normal course of travel by engaging in substantial diversions for nonbusiness reasons of his own choosing, only that number of days shall be considered business days as equals the number of days required for the taxpayer , using the same mode of transportation , to travel to or return from the same destination without engaging in such diversion. For example , if a taxpayer residing in New York departs on an evening on a direct flight to Quebec for a business meeting to be held in Quebec the next morning, for purposes of determining whether nonbusiness activity constituted 25 percent or more of his travel time, the entire day of his departure shall be considered a business day. On the other hand, if a taxpayer travels by automobile from New York to Quebec to attend a business meeting and while en route spends 2 days in Ottawa and 1 day in Montreal on nonbusiness activities of his personal choice, only that number of days outside the United States shall be considered business days as would have been required for the taxpayer to drive by a reasonably direct route to Quebec, taking into account normal periods for rest and meals.

(ii) Presence required. That on such day his presence outside the United States away from home was required at a particular place for a specific and bona fide business purpose. For example , if a taxpayer is instructed by his employer to attend a specific business meeting, the day of the meeting shall be considered a business day even though, because of the scheduled length of the meeting, the taxpayer spends more time during normal working hours of the day on nonbusiness activity than on business activity .

(iii) Days primarily business. That during hours normally considered to be appropriate for business activity , his principal activity on such day was the pursuit of trade or business .

(iv) Circumstances beyond control. That on such day he was prevented from engaging in the conduct of trade or business as his principal activity due to circumstances beyond his control .

(v) Weekends, holidays, etc. That such day was a Saturday, Sunday, legal holiday, or other reasonably necessary standby day which intervened during that course of the taxpayer 's trade or business while outside the United States away from home which the taxpayer endeavored to conduct with reasonable dispatch. For example , if a taxpayer travels from New York to London to take part in business negotiations beginning on a Wednesday and concluding on the following Tuesday, the intervening Saturday and Sunday shall be considered business days whether or not business is conducted on either of such days. Similarly, if in the above case the meetings which concluded on Tuesday evening were followed by business meetings with another business group in London on the immediately succeeding Thursday and Friday, the intervening Wednesday will be deemed a business day. However, if at the conclusion of the business meetings on Friday, the taxpayer stays in London for an additional week for personal purposes, the Saturday and Sunday following the conclusion of the business meeting will not be considered business days.

(e) Domestic travel excluded —(1) In general. For purposes of this section, travel outside the United States away from home does not include any travel from one point in the United States to another point in the United States . However, travel which is not from one point in the United States to another point in the United States shall be considered travel outside the United States . If a taxpayer travels from a place within the United States to a place outside the United States , the portion, if any, of such travel which is from one point in the United States to another point in the United States is to be disregarded for purposes of determining:

(i) Whether the taxpayer 's travel outside the United States away from home exceeds 1 week (see paragraph (c) of this section),

(ii) Whether the time outside the United States away from home attributable to nonbusiness activity constitutes 25 percent or more of the total time on such travel (see paragraph (d) of this section), or

(iii) The amount of travel expense subject to the allocation rules of this section (see paragraph (f) of this section).

(2) Determination of travel from one point in the United States to another point in the United States. In the case of the following means of transportation , travel from one point in the United States to another point in the United States shall be determined as follows:

(i) Travel by public transportation. In the case of travel by public transportation , any place in the United States at which the vehicle makes a scheduled stop for the purpose of adding or discharging passengers shall be considered a point in the United States .

(ii) Travel by private automobile. In the case of travel by private automobile, any such travel which is within the United States shall be considered travel from one point in the United States to another point in the United States .

(iii) Travel by private airplane. In the case of travel by private airplane, any flight, whether or not constituting the entire trip, where both the takeoff and the landing are within the United States shall be considered travel from one point in the United States to another point in the United States .

(3) Examples. The provisions of subparagraph (2) may be illustrated by the following examples:

(f) Application of disallowance rules —(1) In general. In the case of expense for travel outside the United States away from home by an individual to which this section applies, except as otherwise provided in subparagraph (4) or (5) of this paragraph, no deduction shall be allowed for that amount of travel expense specified in subparagraph (2) or (3) of this paragraph (whichever is applicable) which is obtained by multiplying the total of such travel expense by a fraction:

(i) The numerator of which is the number of nonbusiness days during such travel, and

(ii) The denominator of which is the total number of business days and nonbusiness days during such travel.

(2) Nonbusiness activity at, near, or beyond business destination. If the place at which the individual engages in nonbusiness activity (hereinafter termed “nonbusiness destination”) is at, near, or beyond the place to which he travels in the pursuit of a trade or business (hereinafter termed “business destination”), the amount of travel expense referred to in subparagraph (1) of this paragraph shall be the amount of travel expense, otherwise allowable as a deduction under section 162 or section 212, which would have been incurred in traveling from the place where travel outside the United States away from home begins to the business destination, and returning . Thus, if the individual travels from New York to London on business, and then takes a vacation in Paris before returning to New York, the amount of the travel expense subject to allocation is the expense which would have been incurred in traveling from New York to London and returning .

(3) Nonbusiness activity on the route to or from business destination. If the nonbusiness destination is on the route to or from the business destination, the amount of the travel expense referred to in subparagraph (1) of this paragraph shall be the amount of travel expense, otherwise allowable as a deduction under section 162 or 212, which would have been incurred in traveling from the place where travel outside the United States away from home begins to the nonbusiness destination and returning . Thus, if the individual travels on business from Chicago to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with a scheduled stop in New York for the purpose of adding and discharging passengers, and while en route stops in Caracas, Venezuela for a vacation and returns to Chicago from Rio de Janeiro with another scheduled stop in New York for the purpose of adding and discharging passengers, the amount of travel expense subject to allocation is the expense which would have been incurred in traveling from New York to Caracas and returning.

(4) Other allocation method. If a taxpayer establishes that a method other than allocation on a day-by-day basis (as determined under paragraph (d)(2) of this section) more clearly reflects the portion of time outside the United States away from home which is attributable to nonbusiness activity , the amount of travel expense for which no deduction shall be allowed shall be determined by such other method.

(5) Travel expense deemed entirely allocable to business activity. Expenses of travel shall be considered allocable in full to business activity , and no portion of such expense shall be subject to disallowance under this section, if incurred under circumstances provided for in subdivision (i) or (ii) of this subparagraph.

(i) Lack of control over travel. Expenses of travel otherwise deductible under section 162 or 212 shall be considered fully allocable to business activity if, considering all the facts and circumstances , the individual incurring such expenses did not have substantial control over the arranging of the business trip. A person who is required to travel to a business destination will not be considered to have substantial control over the arranging of the business trip merely because he has control over the timing of the trip. Any individual who travels on behalf of his employer under a reimbursement or other expense allowance arrangement shall be considered not to have had substantial control over the arranging of his business trip, provided the employee is not:

(a) A managing executive of the employer for whom he is traveling (and for this purpose the term managing executive includes only an employee who, by reason of his authority and responsibility, is authorized, without effective veto procedures, to decide upon the necessity for his business trip), or

(b) Related to his employer within the meaning of section 267(b) but for this purpose the percentage referred to in section 267(b)(2) shall be 10 percent.

(ii) Lack of major consideration to obtain a vacation. Any expense of travel, which qualifies for deduction under section 162 or 212, shall be considered fully allocable to business activity if the individual incurring such expenses can establish that, considering all the facts and circumstances , he did not have a major consideration, in determining to make the trip, of obtaining a personal vacation or holiday. If such a major consideration were present, the provisions of subparagraphs (1) through (4) of this paragraph shall apply. However, if the trip were primarily personal in nature, the traveling expenses to and from the destination are not deductible even though the taxpayer engages in business activities while at such destination. See paragraph (b) of § 1.162 –2.

(g) Examples. The application of this section may be illustrated by the following examples:

(h) Cross reference. For rules with respect to whether an expense is travel or entertainment, see paragraph (b)(1)(iii) of § 1.274 –2.

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The Rules for Deducting International Business Travel Expenses

  • May 20, 2014

The end of 2013 marked “stronger than expected” growth in domestic business travel, according to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), and it’s only expected to increase further. And while international business travel didn’t experience as significant of a jump, the GBTA expects that 2014 will be a different story. A recent report indicates that  international outbound travel  for business should grow 12.5 percent to $36.7 billion. With statistics like those, it’s important for business travelers to understand what is—and is not—tax deductible.

Tax Deduction Rules for International Business Travel

Foreign travel expenses are subject to some limitations that are not applicable if the business trip is within the United States. Some of an individual’s foreign travel expenses may not be deductible if he or she takes part in substantial non-business activity during the trip.  Taxpayers  who travel outside the U.S. for longer than one week or spend less than 75 percent of their time on business are subject to allocation rules, which operate to partially disallow their expenses, unless they had no control over the trip arrangements or the vacation portion was not a major consideration of making the trip. The general rule is to allocate expenses, including meals and lodging, between business and non-business on a day-to-day basis. Each day is either entirely for business, or it is considered to be a non-business day. A day counts as entirely for business if the taxpayer’s principal activity on such day was the pursuit of a trade or business. In addition, a day is counted as a business day if any of the following factors are present:

  • The individual was traveling to or from an overseas destination in pursuit of a trade or business.
  • The individual’s presence outside the U.S. on that day was required at a particular place for a specific and bona fide business purpose.
  • The individual was prevented on that day from engaging in the conduct of his or her principal business activity due to circumstances beyond his or her control.
  • The day was a Saturday, Sunday, legal holiday or other reasonably necessary stand-by day, which intervened during the course of the taxpayer’s trade or business.

Cruise Ships : A limited deduction (to a maximum of $2,000 annually) is permitted for conventions on cruise ships if the ship is of U.S. registry, all ports of call are in the U.S., or its possessions and the meeting is directly related to the taxpayer’s trade or business. Rigorous reporting requirements must be satisfied, including written statements by both the attendee and an officer of the sponsoring organization.

Foreign Conventions : A foreign convention under the tax law is considered one held outside the U.S., its possessions, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, Canada or Mexico. The deductibility of expenses for foreign conventions is subject to a higher standard than for conventions held in the U.S. The taxpayer must establish that the meeting is directly related to the active conduct of his or her trade or business and that it is as reasonable to be held outside the North American area as within it.

For a stateside convention, the taxpayer merely has to show that his or her business duties and responsibilities are related to the agenda of the meeting even though it may not deal with the specific duties of the taxpayer’s work.

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This article was originally published by Jemima Owen-Jones on Deel .

Key takeaways

  • Non-US citizens can work remotely for a US company from their home country or anywhere in the world if they have consent from the hiring company, follow local visa laws, and pay taxes in their country of tax residence.
  • Regardless of worker classification, all non-US citizens working for US companies and living outside the US will pay taxes in their country of tax residence, even if they travel or temporarily live abroad.
  • Working as a contractor can often be a more suitable work classification for digital nomads as you can adapt your working schedule as you see fit, which can be helpful when traveling through time zones. It also frees the company from navigating different employee benefits and tax laws as you move from country to country.

Working remotely for an American company while living outside the US as a non-US citizen is totally viable. However, there are a few legal and logistical factors to be aware of to ensure you’re complying with foreign jurisdictions. Let’s look at five areas digital nomads and non-US citizens living abroad should understand when pursuing a remote job with a US company. Disclaimer: Be aware that this article is not a substitute for legal advice. Please always check official websites or seek legal advice before you take action.

1. Get consent from your employer and establish your worker classification

Not all companies are open to their international hires traveling and working remotely in another country. This may be an arbitrary preference of the US employers, or it may be for legal reasons. You should share your desire to work remotely abroad early in the interview and hiring process. This will ensure you and the company are a good match for each other in advance. It will also give the company time to determine the appropriate worker classification. Your worker classification is important when deciding to work remotely from another country as it will set out your working relationship with the US company. The main two types of worker classifications are employees and independent contractors. When it comes to remote working while living abroad, working as an independent contractor has advantages. Unlike full-time employees who must work according to a company-regulated schedule, independent contractors have much more freedom and independence over their work. Countries each draw the line between contractor and employee in slightly different places. But generally, contractors decide how, when, and most importantly, where they complete a given project. Should you decide one day to relocate to a country with an entirely different time zone, working as a contractor gives you the autonomy to adapt your working schedule as you see fit. This also frees the company from navigating different employee benefits and tax laws as you move from country to country. If a US company already employs you, the employer could consider reclassifying you as an independent contractor. But be aware that the working relationship must also change to reflect this. Suppose the company continues to treat you like an employee, such as controlling your work methods. In that case, the company will be subject to misclassification and could face penalties. It’s also worth mentioning that independent contractors do not receive employee benefits and have different tax obligations to employees, which we will explain in the next section. Employees are entitled to the same mandatory benefits they would receive in their home country.

2. File taxes with your country of tax residence and complete form W-8BEN when requested 

Regardless of worker classification, all non-US citizens working for US companies will pay taxes in their country of tax residence, even if they’re traveling or temporarily abroad.  You only pay U.S. taxes if you earn US-sourced income while physically present in the country. If you work remotely from another country, your income isn’t US-sourced, thus, isn’t taxed in the US.  Both employees and contractors must pay taxes in their home country, which is typically determined by the 183 days taxation rule. This rule means a person residing in one country for over 183 days a year is considered a tax resident and should pay income taxes on their US-earned income.  Contractors are self-employed and must therefore file a self-assessment tax return to report their foreign-earned income to their local tax authority. Employees will have their taxes withheld and filed by the US employer to the employee’s local tax authority.  If you move around as a digital nomad, you pay taxes wherever you have the most residential ties. Depending on your worker status, you or your employer may need to file multiple tax returns if you qualify as a resident in multiple countries.

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Tourist taxes to make these 10 hot vacation spots more expensive in 2024

If traveling is on your 2024 to-do list, you may want to increase your budget.

As rates of travel bounced back to nearly pre-pandemic levels in 2023, tourism taxes are soaring in a bid to offset the ill effects of foreign travelers.

“Tourism taxes and assessments are being considered as a tool to control numbers,” Guy Bigwood, the “chief changemaker” at Global Destination Sustainability Movement, told Lonely Planet.

In Greece, the hike in hotel fees goes towards fighting climate change , while tourist taxes from cruise ships in Dubrovnik, Croatia, will aid infrastructure , per the travel outlet.

“Actually, we are seeing that tourists and businesses are happy to pay a levy if they know the money will be well spent in their community,” he said.

Some cities have introduced restrictions on travelers — Venice, for one, will ban tour groups larger than 25 people beginning in June — and citizens from visa-exempt countries, such as the US, will need to apply for ETIAS authorization to travel to 30 European countries starting in 2025 .

While tourism taxes are not all that new — according to a 2020 report from Group NAO, they have “been on the rise for more than a decade” — this year, at least 10 cities or countries will implement new or raise already existing fees.

This year, the Dutch city will take the cake as the place with the highest tourism taxes in Europe — and fourth highest in the world — with a 12.5% fee on hotel rooms this year.

“We have a lot of costs for the city, of course — for well-being, for livability,” Hester Van Buren told the New York Times . “We don’t want to increase the taxes for our inhabitants. So we said, ‘Well, let the visitors pay some more.’”

The bump in fees will allow the city to “address the consequences of over-tourism” and keep the streets clean, she told Lonely Planet.

According to Travel + Leisure , the average tax for travelers will be approximately $22 per night — about a $6 increase — if they’re spending an estimated $183 on a room.

Day visitors will have to fork over $5.38 to come to the floating city this year.

According to CNBC , the tourism tax will be spread out over 30 nonconsecutive days — busier long weekends and regular summer weekends — in 2024.

The picturesque city is overrun with travelers aboard cruise ships, referred to as “hit and run” tourists, who contribute less than 20% to the tourism economy but comprise approximately 73% of Venice visitors .

While Barcelona currently charges approximately $3 on top of blanket tourism taxes across the region, but in March 2024, it is slated to be raised yet again to $3.56 amid the city’s campaign to attract “high-quality” visitors and improve infrastructure.

Likewise, Valencia will impose a tourism tax ranging from 50 cents to just over $2 per night.

Beginning on Feb. 14, 2024, noncitizens of Bali will have to cough up approximately $10 per person, which will be used to “preserve the environment, nature and culture as well as improving quality,” according to officials .

The fee will be levied as soon as travelers step foot on the island. And if they happen to catch a ride to the Gili Islands and Lombok or to East Java, they’ll have to pay another $10 on their return to Bali.

Before basking in the Northern Lights or relaxing in the country’s hot springs, you’ll have to pay up.

Officials announced that tourists would be charged an unspecified amount — although it will supposedly “ not be high ” — beginning this year.

“Tourism has really grown exponentially in Iceland in the last decade and that obviously is not just creating effects on the climate,” said Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Iceland’s prime minister, according to Travel + Leisure.

Last year, Manchester introduced a tourism tax on temporary lodgings — like hotels and other holiday accommodations — totaling just over $1.

While small, officials forecast more than $3 million raised per year, according to the Guardian .

The country implemented an air travel fee of about $9 and a charge of $4 for those who arrive by water or land.

The tax only applies to people over the age of 2 staying overnight in Thailand, and will go towards “expenses related to taking care of tourists,” reported Lonely Planet.

The southern Portugal city began charging a tourism tax last summer, and visitors now pay just over $2 per night during peak season — April through October — and just over $1 per night throughout off-season — November through March.

Tourists of the South Asian country — located on the edge of the Himalayas — will have to cough up $100 per day for adults, while children aged six to 11 will be charged $50.

Pre-pandemic, visitors had to pay $65 per day as part of the country’s “Sustainable Development Fee,” which, in 2022, was raised to a jaw-dropping $200 in the hopes of attracting “high value, low volume” travelers .

The country also offers an incentive for staying longer: After paying the tax for four days, tourists are exempt for another four. Likewise, paying the fee for seven days earns travelers another seven days fee-free.

Tourist taxes to make these 10 hot vacation spots more expensive in 2024

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GST Council may consider a modification to the GSTR-3B form for better ITC reporting

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People are splurging on foreign travel as international travel opens up after two years of COVID-19 pandemic. After taking a mood booster, knowing the income tax compliances for travelling abroad is essential.

Where an individual incurs foreign travel expenses exceeding Rs 2 lakh during the year, he/she must disclose the amount of foreign travel expenses by filing the income tax return even if their income before deductions is below the basic exemption limit as per the Income Tax Act. The basic exemption limit is Rs 2.5 lakh for individual taxpayers, but as per the old tax regime, it is Rs 3 lakh for senior citizens and Rs 5 lakh for super senior citizens. 

Let’s understand with an example. Suppose your total income during the Financial Year (FY) 2021-22 is Rs 1.8 lakh, and you have travelled to Singapore in June 2021 and spent Rs 3 lakh. In such a case, you are obliged to file an income tax return in India for the FY 2021-22 and disclose the amount of foreign travel expenses. If the expenditure would have been less than Rs 2 lakh, it is not necessary to file ITR.

It is important to understand that the requirement of filing ITR and disclosure of foreign travel details shall apply even if the amount is spent in foreign currency and is equivalent to Rs 2 lakh or more. The said Rs 2 lakh limit is the aggregate limit of the financial year. Hence, suppose your income is below the basic exemption limit, and you have spent Rs 60,000 for visiting Singapore, Rs 1.6 lakh for visiting Japan and Rs 40,000 for visiting Sri Lanka during the same financial year, you are required to file ITR and disclose such expenses since the total foreign expenses have crossed Rs 2 lakh limit.

Moreover, ITR filing applies even in cases where you have spent an amount on others for foreign travelling. For example, your income is below the basic exemption limit, but you have sponsored a foreign trip for your parents, and the expenditure for the same exceeds Rs 2 lakh. In such cases, too, you must disclose the said expenses and file ITR.

For ITR filing of FY 2021-22, below are the conditions as per the IT Act where the individuals/HUF must file ITR even if their income is below the basic exemption limit:

  • If total deposits in one or more current accounts exceed Rs 1 crore during the financial year
  • If total foreign travel expenses for self or any other person is Rs 2 lakh or more during the financial year
  • If the total electricity bill payment is Rs 1 lakh or more during the financial year
  • If total business sales/gross receipts during the financial year exceed Rs 60 lakh
  • If total professional gross receipts exceed Rs 10 lakh during the financial year
  • If the aggregate of TDS and TCS is Rs 25,000 or more during the financial year (In the case of senior citizens, and increased limit of Rs 50,000 shall apply)
  • If total deposits in one or more savings bank accounts are Rs 50 lakh or more during the financial year

Hence, if you fall under any of the above conditions, you are required to file ITR mandatorily.

For any clarifications/feedback on the topic, please contact the writer at [email protected]

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IRS Tax Tip 2023-15, February 7, 2023

Whether someone travels for work once a year or once a month, figuring out travel expense tax write-offs might seem confusing. The IRS has information to help all business travelers properly claim these valuable deductions.

Here are some tax details all business travelers should know

Business travel deductions are available when employees must travel away from their  tax home  or  main place of work  for business reasons. A taxpayer is traveling away from home if they are away for longer than an ordinary day's work and they need to sleep to meet the demands of their work while away.

Travel expenses  must be ordinary and necessary. They can't be lavish, extravagant or for personal purposes.

Employers can deduct travel expenses paid or incurred during a  temporary work assignment  if the assignment length does not exceed one year.

Travel expenses for  conventions  are deductible if attendance benefits the business. There are special rules for conventions held  outside North America .

Deductible travel expenses include:

  • Travel by airplane, train, bus or car between your home and your business destination.
  • Fares for taxis or other types of transportation between an airport or train station and a hotel, or from a hotel to a work location.
  • Shipping of baggage and sample or display material between regular and temporary work locations.
  • Using a personally owned car for business.
  • Lodging and  meals .
  • Dry cleaning and laundry.
  • Business calls and communication.
  • Tips paid for services related to any of these expenses.
  • Other similar ordinary and necessary expenses related to the business travel.

Self-employed individuals or farmers with travel deductions

  • Those who are self-employed can deduct travel expenses on  Schedule C (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Business (Sole Proprietorship) .
  • Farmers can use  Schedule F (Form 1040), Profit or Loss From Farming .

Travel deductions for the National Guard or military reserves

National Guard or military reserve servicemembers can claim a deduction for unreimbursed travel expenses paid during the  performance of their duty .

Recordkeeping

Well-organized records  make it easier to prepare a tax return. Keep records such as receipts, canceled checks and other documents that support a deduction.

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2. What Is Rate Of TCS?

TCS @5% or (@10% in case PAN/Aadhar Card is not available) u/s 206C (1G) has to be collected over and above the amount of tour package. TCS can be claimed while filing Income Tax Return.

3. When to Collect TCS by Tour Operator from Buyer?

– TCS to be collected only if foreign tour package is purchased from tour operator.

– No Threshold Limit to deduct TCS. Every foreign package will be liable for TCS   including expenses regarding travelling, boarding etc.

– TCS is applicable to every type of foreign package i.e business tour, family tour etc.

– TCS has to be collected  at the time of payment or debit in books, whichever is earlier.

4. What Care Should Be Taken By Person Going On Foreign Tour?

1st: Provide PAN Details to tour operator otherwise TCS will be deducted @10% instead of @5% and also he will not be able to claim the amount of tax.

2nd:  Incase of Business Foreign Tour, it must be shown in Profit/Loss A/c and in case of Personal Foreign Tour, it must be shown  in Capital A/c.

3rd: All the persons going on foreign tour and not filing income tax return will now have to file Income Tax Return.

5. What Is The Intention Of Income Tax Dept And What Is The Impact Of Above TCS Provision?

It is clear that Income Tax dept. wants to keep a watch on Foreign Travelers. Now along with documents required for foreign travel like passport, visa, foreign currency, Foreign traveler has to keep watch on Income Tax provisions.

All the Expenses incurred including expense on personal foreign tour and expenses other than package of foreign tour will be recorded.

Incase of business expenditure, cash payment above Rs.10,000/- will not be allowed.

As per new returns forms for F.Y.2019-20, taxpayer is required to provide passport number and  amount spent on foreign travel if it is exceeding Rs, 2 Lakh.

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I have visited a foreign country during the financial year. The expenses are borne by my son ( i.e to and fro flight tkts etc) Please clarify whether I have to show this in ITR 1. I am a pensioner having income of Rs 6 lacs above

I got PR of Canada and i carry more than 10 lakh by cheques which i deposit in Canada bank. but after one month i came back to india and now staying in india So in ITR how much money i have to show. Kindly tell me

Should we declare foreign travel that is company sponsored and work related?

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  1. Here's what taxpayers need to know about business related travel

    IRS Tax Tip 2022-104, July 11, 2022 Business travel can be costly. Hotel bills, airfare or train tickets, cab fare, public transportation - it can all add up fast. The good news is business travelers may be able to off-set some of those costs by claiming business travel deductions when they file their taxes.

  2. Do you have to pay tax on foreign travel expenses?

    Mint+The Economist at Business News / Money / Personal Finance / Do you have to pay tax on foreign travel expenses? Do you have to pay tax on foreign travel expenses? 3 min read 23 May...

  3. International Business Travel Tax Deductions

    To qualify under the 76 percent rule, you must count both the day on which you left the U.S. and the day on which you returned to the U.S. To qualify under the substantial control rule, you cannot be related to your employer. Some business expenses may still be deductible even if a trip is not taken entirely for business purposes.

  4. Publication 463 (2023), Travel, Gift, and Car Expenses

    For tax purposes, travel expenses are the ordinary and necessary expenses of traveling away from home for your business, profession, or job. ... Midway, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Wake Island, and other non-foreign areas outside the continental United States. The Department of State establishes per diem rates for all ...

  5. Business related travel expenses are deductible

    Business-related foreign travel expenses are tax deductible. However, because of the potential for abuse (e.g., sneaking in a Paris vacation under the guise of a business trip), these expenses are scrutinized closely by the IRS. Good documentation is an absolute must. If you travel outside the U.S. purely for business purposes, all your travel ...

  6. Everything You Need to Know About Taxes While Traveling

    The maximum exclusion allowed is adjusted each year, and it was set at $105,900 for 2019. Anything you earn beyond that number will be subject to American federal income tax, even if you qualify for the exclusion. That said, the Foreign Earned Income Exclusion can be used only on certain types of income.

  7. Mastering Tax Rules for American Business Travelers Abroad: Tips and

    March 8, 2023 Are you planning a business trip overseas and are wondering about tax deductions? As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) firm, we've got you covered! Let's dive into the tax rules for foreign business travel. Tax Deductions for Overseas Business Trips If your trip out of the country is entirely for business purposes, you can deduct:

  8. Deductible Expenses for International Business Travel

    You're considered, in the eyes of the IRS, to be traveling "away from home" if your work duties require you to be outside the area of your "tax home" (for most people, the place they live and work) for significantly longer than "an ordinary day's work, and you need to either rest or sleep to fulfill your job duties while you're away from home."

  9. Travel Expenses Definition and Tax Deductible Categories

    What Are Travel Expenses? For tax purposes, travel expenses are costs associated with traveling to conduct business-related activities. Reasonable travel expenses can generally be deducted...

  10. U.S. Tax Implications and Compliance for Business Travelers

    All individuals filing a U.S. tax return must have obtained a U.S. tax identification number (TIN). Most U.S. citizens and residents use their social security number as their TIN. However, business travelers to the U.S. are not always eligible to obtain a social security number, depending on the type of visa used to enter the U.S. and conduct ...

  11. Topic no. 511, Business travel expenses

    Travel expenses are the ordinary and necessary expenses of traveling away from home for your business, profession, or job. You can't deduct expenses that are lavish or extravagant, or that are for personal purposes.

  12. How to Deduct Business Travel Expenses: Do's, Don'ts, Examples

    If you are traveling abroad for business purposes, you trip counts as "entirely for business" as long as you spend less than 25% of your time on personal activities (like vacationing). Your travel days count as work days. So say you you head off to Zurich for nine days.

  13. How to Deduct Travel Expenses (with Examples)

    1. You need to leave your tax home Your tax home is the locale where your business is based. Traveling for work isn't technically a "business trip" until you leave your tax home for longer than a normal work day, with the intention of doing business in another location. 2. Your trip must consist "mostly" of business

  14. 26 CFR § 1.274-4

    (a) Introductory. Section 274(c) and this section impose certain restrictions on the deductibility of travel expenses incurred in the case of an individual who, while traveling outside the United States away from home in the pursuit of trade or business (hereinafter termed "business activity"), engages in substantial personal activity not attributable to such trade or business (hereinafter ...

  15. The Rules for Deducting International Business Travel Expenses

    Tax Deduction Rules for International Business Travel Foreign travel expenses are subject to some limitations that are not applicable if the business trip is within the United States. Some of an individual's foreign travel expenses may not be deductible if he or she takes part in substantial non-business activity during the trip.

  16. An Update On The Foreign Tax Credit Rules And IRS Relief

    Los Angeles Times via Getty Images. Tax Notes reporter Andrew Velarde discusses the latest developments on the final regulations for claiming foreign tax credits, including the IRS's decision to ...

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    Key takeaways. Non-US citizens can work remotely for a US company from their home country or anywhere in the world if they have consent from the hiring company, follow local visa laws, and pay taxes in their country of tax residence. Regardless of worker classification, all non-US citizens working for US companies and living outside the US will ...

  18. Tourist taxes to make these 10 hot vacation spots more expensive ...

    As rates of travel bounced back to nearly pre-pandemic levels in 2023, tourism taxes are soaring in a bid to offset the ill effects of foreign travelers. "Tourism taxes and assessments are being ...

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  21. Do you need to file ITR and disclose your foreign travel expenses?

    Where an individual incurs foreign travel expenses exceeding Rs 2 lakh during the year, he/she must disclose the amount of foreign travel expenses by filing the income tax return even if their income before deductions is below the basic exemption limit as per the Income Tax Act.

  22. Wildberries spoke about the condition of the goods after a mass fight

    Wildberries: no goods were damaged during the mass brawl at the warehouse in Elektrostal The goods were not damaged during the conflict between workers at the Wildberries warehouse in Elektrostal near Moscow, the marketplace's press service told Lenta.ru. They also answered the question about further cooperation with the perpetrators of the brawl. "Those employed at

  23. Understanding business travel deductions

    Tax Tip 2023-15, February 7, 2023 — Whether someone travels for work once a year or once a month, figuring out travel expense tax write-offs might seem confusing. The IRS has information to help all business travelers properly claim these valuable deductions.

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    Israel is claiming that Hamas had command tunnels under the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Gaza headquarters, further scrutinizing the agency whose funding has been downsized following allegations that some of its staffers participated in the Oct. 7 attack on Israel. On Saturday, army engineers took foreign press reporters on an escorted trip,…

  25. Income Tax on Foreign Travel

    Income Tax on Foreign Travel CA Bharat Chang | Income Tax - Articles | Download PDF 05 May 2020 31,842 Views 3 comments In Union Budget 2020, it is proposed to widen the scope of TCS (Tax Collection at Source). The Foreign Tour Operator will be liable to collect tax (TCS). This Section will be applicable from 1st April 2020. 1.

  26. Tax compliance: detailed information

    Tax compliance: detailed information. Guidance on tax compliance. Including compliance checks, disputes, non-payment, fraud, reporting tax evasion and declaring offshore income. From: