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For Those Of You Too Afraid To Ask…. If The 50 Mile Myth is Nonsense, What Is The Rule?

Okay- Don’t be afraid to ask questions ….. Since the first post on this topic, I have heard from a few people who want to know the accepted rule but don’t want to ask publically. Ok, that’s fine 🙂 The benchmark for deductible lodging expenses –  OR better, in tax jargon as it applies to per diems for lodging –  the benchmark for determining if the housing/lodging reimbursement is excluded from your reported wages is …… guess what? ……….. an overnight stay where you have to pay for lodging!!! Pretty logical huh? Our tax code does make sense at times. Why should you […]

50 Mile Rule Nonsense

I have been preparing tax returns for travelers for almost 20 years and one thing that never seems to die is the urban myth of a  50 Mile Rule that recruiters and travelers talk about with religious conviction. The tale goes like this: as long as you drive over 50 miles to get to your assignment, you can get tax free housing allowances. You can even use someone else’s address on your tax forms to get the money, since all the IRS cares about is your permanent residence address. Really? Wow. If it is really this easy, everyone should live 51 miles a […]

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