According to awesome Turbo Tax Agent Dawn C, she states, the following:
"Yes, there were changes due to Tax Reform. Employees can no longer take federal deductions for meals. However, some states do allow the deduction and self-employed workers can still take the deduction.
- If you are a W-2 employee, you cannot deduct these expenses.
- If you are a 1099 independent contractor or another self-employed taxpayer, you can still use the Per Diem Rates to figure your deduction. "
If you fall in the latter category, you can report his by:
- Logging into Turbo Tax.
- Go to federal>income and expenses>
- Scroll down to See all income. In the Self-employment section, click Start next to Self-employment income and expenses
- Answer Yes to Did you have any self-employment income or expenses?
- Continue through the interview to enter your business information.
- After you enter your profile of your business, there is a section where you will enter your income and expenses.
- After entering your income, you can start entering meal expenses. Here is where you enter the total meals per year based from your per diem amount.
- Note. make sure you list Truck Driver as an occupation. this should give you a business code of 484120. This way you get a 100% deduction of your per diem rate rate.
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