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When I enter Business Travel Expenses do I give a lump sum for the trip or break it down into airfare, hotel, etc?

I haven’t had business expenses before last year and I’m just trying to figure out how I enter it in TT

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When I enter Business Travel Expenses do I give a lump sum for the trip or break it down into airfare, hotel, etc?

You can do it either way.  The travel expense will show up as one amount on your Schedule C form, but you can enter them either as one lump sum for the year or break it down by category for the year.  Whichever makes sense for you with your receipt records.  Just be sure to keep your receipts and records to substantiate the amount that will be reflected on your return.

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When I enter Business Travel Expenses do I give a lump sum for the trip or break it down into airfare, hotel, etc?

You can do it either way.  The travel expense will show up as one amount on your Schedule C form, but you can enter them either as one lump sum for the year or break it down by category for the year.  Whichever makes sense for you with your receipt records.  Just be sure to keep your receipts and records to substantiate the amount that will be reflected on your return.

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When I enter Business Travel Expenses do I give a lump sum for the trip or break it down into airfare, hotel, etc?

Can an itemized credit card state sufice for receipt evidence or do we have to have the original receipt?  

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When I enter Business Travel Expenses do I give a lump sum for the trip or break it down into airfare, hotel, etc?

Per the IRS:

Adequate evidence.

 

Documentary evidence ordinarily will be considered adequate if it shows the amount, date, place, and essential character of the expense.

For example, a hotel receipt is enough to support expenses for business travel if it has all of the following information.

  • The name and location of the hotel.

  • The dates you stayed there.

  • Separate amounts for charges such as lodging, meals, and telephone calls.

A restaurant receipt is enough to prove an expense for a business meal if it has all of the following information.

  • The name and location of the restaurant.

  • The number of people served.

  • The date and amount of the expense.

If a charge is made for items other than food and beverages, the receipt must show that this is the case.

 

Generally, credit card statements do not provide sufficient detail. Receipts are preferable.

 

IRS Pub 463

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When I enter Business Travel Expenses do I give a lump sum for the trip or break it down into airfare, hotel, etc?

Thank you.  This is very helpful. 

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