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September 2012

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How to Deduct Travel by Car, Train, Plane, or Boat

Say you are going to travel from your home in Washington, D.C., to San Francisco.


Will the tax law allow you to travel to San Francisco by car, train, plane, or boat, your choice?


Answer. Yes. But special rules apply. You need to know these rules to guarantee your deductions.


Travel by Car


The tax code does not dictate the fastest or cheapest form of travel. Therefore, you can travel by automobile or other vehicle from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco.


When you travel by automobile, your direct route expenses for meals, lodging, and other costs of sustaining life on the road are deductible in addition to the vehicle expenses.


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