Business Trip Deduction Guidelines

Business and Pleasure Mixed

Often, people have uncertainties regarding what costs on a business trip are deductible, and what costs are their responsibility.

The first step in making a deduction is being honest with yourself – was the trip really for your job, or was it a vacation with a few work days tacked on just for the tax benefits? Once you’ve answered that question, it will be much easier for you to use the guidelines below and determine what is deductible and what isn’t.

Domestic transportation costs are 100% deductible if the primary reason for the trip is business, but this means that the number of business days must exceed the number of personal days on the trip. Good news! Travel days count as business days, and weekends and holidays count also – but only if they fall between days devoted to business, making it impractical to ret