If you meet the requirements of being in the transportation industry,  you can claim a standard meal allowance of $59 a day ($65 for travel outside the continental United States).  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.
    • So how does this work Do I just clain 59 a day for everyday or what
    You claim $59 per day for every day that you were away from home, on business, overnight.

    The IRS uses two methods to determine the number of days.  From Publication 17:

    "Method 1:
             1.  For the day you depart, add 3/4 of the standard meal allowance amount for that day.
             2.  For the day you return, add 3/4 of the standard meal allowance amount for the preceding day.

    Method 2: Prorate the standard meal allowance using any method you consistently apply in accordance with reasonable business practice."
    • Do you have to multiply your total by 80% for transportation workers? Or do you total up the amount and Turbo Tax calculates it for you?  Thanks
    Turbotax makes that computation for you.
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