Travel Expense Deductions

You may be able to deduct travel expenses from your residence to your workplace.  Generally, these are nondeductible personal expenses.  However, you can take advantage of three exceptions to this rule.

  1. Home Office Exception: Consider using your home as your principal place of business.  If you have a home office, you can deduct any travel expenses to regular or temporary work locations.
  2. Temporary Distant Workplace Exception: Consider whether temporary work locations will be outside of the metropolitan area of where you work and live.  You can deduct travel expenses to any temporary work locations outside of your metropolitan area.
  3. Regular Work Location Exception: If temporary work locations are not outside of your metropolitan area, be sure you have a regular work location.  If you have a regular work location, all travel expenses to temporary work locations will be deductible.  Regular work locations do not include locations where you are considered a customer (bank, supply store, etc.).

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