Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)/Petty cash at work


One of my bosses gave me some of his petty cash for driving some co-workers to and from two trainings we had to go to. 5.00 each time. I asked if I had to report it to human resources and he said no. It was only more than a mile away so wasn't just for 'gas'. Can I put this under 'tips.'


Thanks for your question.

If you show it as tips you will also have to pay SS tax on it.  Show it on Form 2106 as a reimbursement.  Show your mileage and report the difference as income or expense as the case may be.

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