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Jaluaa
Returning Member

W2 Truck Deivers

If you work for an employer and receive a W2 hourly rate , return home every night can you still use meal expenses for deductions?

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xmasbaby0
Level 15

W2 Truck Deivers

Sorry--no.  W-2 employees cannot deduct job-related expenses on a federal return.

https://ttlc.intuit.com/questions/4482873-which-federal-tax-deductions-have-been-suspended-by-tax-re...

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Jaluaa
Returning Member

W2 Truck Deivers

Ok even though TurboTax lead me to fill out a 2106 form line 10

SusanY1
Expert Alumni

W2 Truck Deivers

Employees in most occupations (workers paid wages reported on Form W-2) are no longer allowed to deduct unreimbursed expenses on their federal tax return, as xmasbaby0 explained. 

 

The questions remain in TurboTax because some states still allow these deductions, and there are a few exceptions on the federal return as well. Unfortunately, truck drivers are not on the list for the federal exceptions, but perhaps your state will still allow the deduction!

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Jaluaa
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W2 Truck Deivers

I live in California. Does meal allowance (Per Diem) fall under the same category? 

MaryK1101
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W2 Truck Deivers

Yes, if you are a W2 employee you can no longer deduct your Per Diem as an Employee Expense on the federal return, but you can deduct on your state return.

 

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