I have to travel for grad school across country for a one week training. Purpose of the education has nothing to do with travel. It's mandatory in person training. Is flight and hotel deductible?
I've seen answers saying no and answers saying yes. And each source contradicts the other.
If not, since I can use this training for work and work will not reimburse, could I write part of it for work training?
No. Sorry. Travel is not a qualified education expense. There is nothing you can deduct for travel for school --not the air fare or the hotel. And as for calling it job-related----W-2 employees cannot deduct job-related expenses per the tax laws that have been in effect since 2018.
QUALIFIED EDUCATION EXPENSES
the only time travel, training and education are deductible is when 1) you are self-employed and 2) you are already active in the business for which you are receiving training/education. thus travel, training and education for a new business or profession are not deductible nor can an employee currently deduct those costs even if already active in the business or profession.