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wardletess
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Can you give me the table for per diem deductions (living expenses)for full time missionary work outside of the country?

I was given a per diem table a couple years ago by your turbo tax community of a daily rate we could deduct for full time missionary work for living expenses.  Can you direct me to it?

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Critter
Level 15

Can you give me the table for per diem deductions (living expenses)for full time missionary work outside of the country?

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TaxGuyBill
Level 9

Can you give me the table for per diem deductions (living expenses)for full time missionary work outside of the country?

Can you clarify the situation?  Are you the missionary?  If so are you being paid?  If you are being paid, are you an Employee, or are you an Independent Contractor?  Is your assignment there for less than one year, or is it longer than that?

In your previous post, you said you were on that mission for 18 months.  If that is the case, and if you were paid, there is *NOT* a deduction at all.
wardletess
New Member

Can you give me the table for per diem deductions (living expenses)for full time missionary work outside of the country?

No, we were not paid at all for our missionary service.  We paid our own way.  We were gone for 18 months. We paid a monthly fee for our apartment and bought all of our own food.  We paid a rental fee for our truck but did not pay for insurance or fuel
wardletess
New Member

Can you give me the table for per diem deductions (living expenses)for full time missionary work outside of the country?

So I am assuming we can take the deduction?
TaxGuyBill
Level 9

Can you give me the table for per diem deductions (living expenses)for full time missionary work outside of the country?

I assume you are referring to a Charitable Deduction?

Yes, you can deduct your ACTUAL expenses, but you can't use the Per Diem amounts.

You can NOT use the standard Lodging amounts; you can only use your actual cost for Lodging.  As for meals, I have never read anything that allows the meal Per Diem for charitable work.  Assuming that no provision exists for that, only your actual expenses can be used as a charitable deduction.
Critter
Level 15

Can you give me the table for per diem deductions (living expenses)for full time missionary work outside of the country?

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