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Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)/Lodging Expenses (Can I use per diem rate or do I have to take actual expenses?)


My husband is an insurance adjuster and a contract employee for the company he works for. His job is temporary. I know that we can deduct his hotel expenses but I'm confused on if we HAVE to take the actual expense deduction or if we can take the per diem rate. The per diem rate would give us more but my CPA is saying and I quote "If you refer to Publication 463 regarding W-2 employees (which he really is because he receives a W-2 and not a 1099), he must use actual lodging receipts but may use either the actual meals & incidental receipts OR standard per diem rates for meals & incidentals.

I know other people in this field of work saying they use the per diem amount and that their CPA has always done it that way.


per diem for food and hotel is allowable.  

a cpa who quotes only publications (and not the underlying law or citations) means it is time for a new cpa.

few other questions.

where do you live? where is the temporary adjusting job?  how long has it been going on?  do you anticipate it will continue?  


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Tax and general business including hospitality related (hotel mgmt degree and experience in industry prior to obtaining ms tax and cpa).


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