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A Question

Discussion in 'Christian Philosophy & Ethics' started by newbeliever02072005, Jun 5, 2005.

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  1. newbeliever02072005

    newbeliever02072005 Have Courage to Trust God Supporter

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    Hello Everyone

    I think I have a simple question, but I just don't know for sure the answer.

    If you take a trip out of state to pick up something for your business. Can you write off any of the expenses ( like meals, gas and hotel) IF you include some personal time in there (like visiting family). Extending the visit by a couple of days.

    Thank you for your help :D

    newbeliever :)
     
  2. mnphysicist

    mnphysicist Have Courage to Trust God!

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    The purpose has to be primarily business, which it seems according to your definition it would be. Just make sure you document it.

    Now as far as extending the time for personal reasons, that won't fly in most situations. The exception might be a deal on airfare where a weekend stay will more than make up the difference. Yet you would not be able to write off the non-business travel, lodging, and food aspects, outside of the need to stay the couple extra days.

    The IRS has detailed info on this on the web. As long as you follow thier guidelines, you should be fine, but if anything is questionable, run it past your accountant, or tax guru.

    http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc511.html

    Ron
     
  3. Dark Matter

    Dark Matter Well-Known Member

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    Why would you want to write it off? If it is a business need, why don't you have the business pay for it (minus the time with family)? Your business should reimburse you the mileage x $0.40 per mile, plus whatever hotel cost is necessary to complete the job, plus wages, minus any extra time or days spent on personal business visting family.

    Dark Matter
     
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