where do I enter per diem rates for truck drivers on my tax return?

  • do we still have "making work pay" credit?
  • There is no longer a making work pay credit.
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That would be deductible as an employee business expense which is an itemized deduction.  Consequently, it must be to your advantage to itemize to claim them.  Even then, the deduction may be limited.  Miscellaneous itemized deductions are only available if you qualify to itemize and only to the extent that they exceed 2% of your Adjusted Gross Income.  

They are found under the deductions and credits tab for employment expenses.

Example:  If your AGI is $50,000, only miscellaneous deductions over $1,000 are deductible.  Because of this, many items deductible as miscellaneous itemized deductions have no tax value because the taxpayer doesn't itemize, or because they are lost in the 2% of adjusted gross income limitation.

In this example, if your miscellaneous itemized deductions are $1,500, only the $500 above the 2% limit is added to the itemized deduction "pot", to determine if it is greater than your standard deduction.  If not, none of the itemized deductions have a tax value.
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