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bacdad63
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I was driving truck last year , there were times I could not make it home. Stayed in truck & ate out . Was I supposed to receive tax credits ?

 
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Phillip1
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I was driving truck last year , there were times I could not make it home. Stayed in truck & ate out . Was I supposed to receive tax credits ?

As a truck driver you can deduct a standard rate to deduct your meals and incidental expenses while you were on the road, and the meals expense is 80% deductible rather than the 50% deductible meals for other taxpayers. If your income was reported on a W-2 this you would be able to deduct this (assuming your were not reimbursed, or if you were reimbursed, the amount was included in your W-2 income) as an unreimbursed employee business expenses.

See the following from IRS Publication 463:

Special rate for transportation workers.     You can use a special standard meal allowance if you work in the transportation industry. You are in the transportation industry if your work:

  • Directly involves moving people or goods by airplane, barge, bus, ship, train, or truck, and

  • Regularly requires you to travel away from home and, during any single trip, usually involves travel to areas eligible for different standard meal allowance rates.

If this applies, you can claim a standard meal allowance of $63 a day ($68 for travel outside the continental United States) for travel in 2016.

  Using the special rate for transportation workers eliminates the need for you to determine the standard meal allowance for every area where you stop for sleep or rest. If you choose to use the special rate for any trip, you must use the special rate (and not use the regular standard meal allowance rates) for all trips you take that year.

Individuals subject to “hours of service” limits.   You can deduct a higher percentage of your meal expenses while traveling away from your tax home if the meals take place during or incident to any period subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits. The percentage is 80%.

  Individuals subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits include the following persons.
  • Certain air transportation workers (such as pilots, crew, dispatchers, mechanics, and control tower operators) who are under Federal Aviation Administration regulations.

  • Interstate truck operators and bus drivers who are under Department of Transportation regulations.

  • Certain railroad employees (such as engineers, conductors, train crews, dispatchers, and control operations personnel) who are under Federal Railroad Administration regulations.

  • Certain merchant mariners who are under Coast Guard regulations.


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Phillip1
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I was driving truck last year , there were times I could not make it home. Stayed in truck & ate out . Was I supposed to receive tax credits ?

As a truck driver you can deduct a standard rate to deduct your meals and incidental expenses while you were on the road, and the meals expense is 80% deductible rather than the 50% deductible meals for other taxpayers. If your income was reported on a W-2 this you would be able to deduct this (assuming your were not reimbursed, or if you were reimbursed, the amount was included in your W-2 income) as an unreimbursed employee business expenses.

See the following from IRS Publication 463:

Special rate for transportation workers.     You can use a special standard meal allowance if you work in the transportation industry. You are in the transportation industry if your work:

  • Directly involves moving people or goods by airplane, barge, bus, ship, train, or truck, and

  • Regularly requires you to travel away from home and, during any single trip, usually involves travel to areas eligible for different standard meal allowance rates.

If this applies, you can claim a standard meal allowance of $63 a day ($68 for travel outside the continental United States) for travel in 2016.

  Using the special rate for transportation workers eliminates the need for you to determine the standard meal allowance for every area where you stop for sleep or rest. If you choose to use the special rate for any trip, you must use the special rate (and not use the regular standard meal allowance rates) for all trips you take that year.

Individuals subject to “hours of service” limits.   You can deduct a higher percentage of your meal expenses while traveling away from your tax home if the meals take place during or incident to any period subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits. The percentage is 80%.

  Individuals subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits include the following persons.
  • Certain air transportation workers (such as pilots, crew, dispatchers, mechanics, and control tower operators) who are under Federal Aviation Administration regulations.

  • Interstate truck operators and bus drivers who are under Department of Transportation regulations.

  • Certain railroad employees (such as engineers, conductors, train crews, dispatchers, and control operations personnel) who are under Federal Railroad Administration regulations.

  • Certain merchant mariners who are under Coast Guard regulations.


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