Like meals, a lot of contractors forget to claim business travel write offs. You don’t have to be flying first class and staying at a fancy hotel to claim this write off. Many 1099 contracting jobs involve traveling to nearby states or cities.
The IRS has just a few guidelines to determine whether a trip is for business.
Let’s do some examples.
You’re a Lyft driver living in LA. You drive out to Indio for high fares at Coachella. You can write off all of your meals and lodging expenses while on the trip.
You’re a real estate agent living in Chicago. You travel to an industry conference in Las Vegas. You attend the conference during the day and go out in the evenings. The flight, meals, hotel, and wifi expenses are all tax write offs.
You’re a freelancer on Upwork, living in Seattle. You move down to San Diego for the winter for better weather and to expand your network, and work regular hours while you’re there. Flights, meals, sublet expenses, and shipping expenses are all tax deductible.
Keeper automatically identifies and write off all of the below expenses when we’ve established that you’re traveling for work.
Flight, train, and car rental expenses are all tax write offs. Don’t forget the Uber ride from the airport and back!
Hotels, motels, airbnb stays, expended sublets from craigslist, or even reimbursing a friend for sleeping on their couch. It’s all tax deductible.
Regardless of whether you’re alone, or with others. All food expenses while you’re traveling for work can be written off. That includes groceries and take-out.
Airplane wifi, motel wifi, and so on is completely deductible when you’re traveling for work. This also includes other communication expenses like hotspots and international calls.
If you need to ship things as part of your trip, such as conference booth materials or simply extra clothes, those expenses are tax deductible.
If you have to look your best on the trip, related expenses are tax deductible. That includes washing and cleaning charges.
We use computer algorithms to monitor your purchases for tax write offs most people miss... like phone bills, insurance charges, home office expenses, gas fill ups, and so on. It's $10 per month.
Note: at Keeper, we care about helping you save on taxes. That leads us to generalize tax advice which ultimately cannot be completely generalized. Everyone's situation is different. Please drop a note above or reach out via email if you have questions.