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Www irs govefile It discusses reimbursements and how to treat them under accountable and nonaccountable plans. Www irs govefile It also explains rules for independent contractors and clients, fee-basis officials, certain performing artists, Armed Forces reservists, and certain disabled employees. Www irs govefile The chapter ends with illustrations of how to report travel, entertainment, gift, and car expenses on Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ. Www irs govefile Where To Report This section provides general information on where to report the expenses discussed in this publication. Www irs govefile Self-employed. Www irs govefile   You must report your income and expenses on Schedule C (Form 1040) or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) if you are a sole proprietor, or on Schedule F (Form 1040) if you are a farmer. Www irs govefile You do not use Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Www irs govefile    If you claim car or truck expenses, you must provide certain information on the use of your vehicle. Www irs govefile You provide this information on Schedule C (Form 1040), Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), or Form 4562. Www irs govefile   If you file Schedule C (Form 1040): Report your travel expenses, except meals, on line 24a, Report your deductible meals (actual cost or standard meal allowance) and entertainment on line 24b, Report your gift expenses and transportation expenses, other than car expenses, on line 27a, and Report your car expenses on line 9. Www irs govefile Complete Part IV of the form unless you have to file Form 4562 for depreciation or amortization. Www irs govefile   If you file Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), report the total of all business expenses on line 2. Www irs govefile You can only include 50% of your meals and entertainment in that total. Www irs govefile If you include car expenses, you must also complete Part III of the form. Www irs govefile    If you file Schedule F (Form 1040): Report your car expenses on line 10. Www irs govefile Attach Form 4562 and provide information on the use of your car in Part V of Form 4562. Www irs govefile Report all other business expenses discussed in this publication on line 32. Www irs govefile You can only include 50% of your meals and entertainment on that line. Www irs govefile See your form instructions for more information on how to complete your tax return. Www irs govefile Both self-employed and an employee. Www irs govefile   If you are both self-employed and an employee, you must keep separate records for each business activity. Www irs govefile Report your business expenses for self-employment on Schedule C (Form 1040), Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), or Schedule F (Form 1040), as discussed earlier. Www irs govefile Report your business expenses for your work as an employee on Form 2106 or 2106-EZ, as discussed next. Www irs govefile Employees. Www irs govefile    If you are an employee, you generally must complete Form 2106 to deduct your travel, transportation, and entertainment expenses. Www irs govefile However, you can use the shorter Form 2106-EZ instead of Form 2106 if you meet all of the following conditions. Www irs govefile You are an employee deducting expenses attributable to your job. Www irs govefile You were not reimbursed by your employer for your expenses (amounts included in box 1 of your Form W-2 are not considered reimbursements). Www irs govefile If you claim car expenses, you use the standard mileage rate. Www irs govefile   For more information on how to report your expenses on Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ, see Completing Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ , later. Www irs govefile Gifts. Www irs govefile   If you did not receive any reimbursements (or the reimbursements were all included in box 1 of your Form W-2), the only business expense you are claiming is for gifts, and the Special Rules discussed later do not apply to you, do not complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Www irs govefile Instead, claim the amount of your deductible gifts directly on line 21 of Schedule A (Form 1040). Www irs govefile Statutory employees. Www irs govefile    If you received a Form W-2 and the “Statutory employee” box in box 13 was checked, report your income and expenses related to that income on Schedule C (Form 1040) or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040). Www irs govefile Do not complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Www irs govefile   Statutory employees include full-time life insurance salespersons, certain agent or commission drivers, traveling salespersons, and certain homeworkers. Www irs govefile If you are entitled to a reimbursement from your employer but you do not claim it, you cannot claim a deduction for the expenses to which that unclaimed reimbursement applies. Www irs govefile Reimbursement for personal expenses. Www irs govefile    If your employer reimburses you for nondeductible personal expenses, such as for vacation trips, your employer must report the reimbursement as wage income in box 1 of your Form W-2. Www irs govefile You cannot deduct personal expenses. Www irs govefile Income-producing property. Www irs govefile   If you have travel or transportation expenses related to income-producing property, report your deductible expenses on the form appropriate for that activity. Www irs govefile   For example, if you have rental real estate income and expenses, report your expenses on Schedule E (Form 1040), Supplemental Income and Loss. Www irs govefile See Publication 527, Residential Rental Property, for more information on the rental of real estate. Www irs govefile If you have deductible investment-related transportation expenses, report them on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 23. Www irs govefile Vehicle Provided by Your Employer If your employer provides you with a car, you may be able to deduct the actual expenses of operating that car for business purposes. Www irs govefile The amount you can deduct depends on the amount that your employer included in your income and the business and personal miles you drove during the year. Www irs govefile You cannot use the standard mileage rate. Www irs govefile Value reported on Form W-2. Www irs govefile   Your employer can figure and report either the actual value of your personal use of the car or the value of the car as if you used it only for personal purposes (100% income inclusion). Www irs govefile Your employer must separately state the amount if 100% of the annual lease value was included in your income. Www irs govefile If you are unsure of the amount included on your Form W-2, ask your employer. Www irs govefile Full value included in your income. Www irs govefile   You can deduct the value of the business use of an employer-provided car if your employer reported 100% of the value of the car in your income. Www irs govefile On your 2013 Form W-2, the amount of the value will be included in box 1, Wages, tips, other compensation, and box 14. Www irs govefile    To claim your expenses, complete Form 2106, Part II, Sections A and C. Www irs govefile Enter your actual expenses on line 23 of Section C and include the entire value of the employer-provided car on line 25. Www irs govefile Complete the rest of the form. Www irs govefile Less than full value included in your income. Www irs govefile   If less than the full annual lease value of the car was included on your Form W-2, this means that your Form W-2 only includes the value of your personal use of the car. Www irs govefile Do not enter this value on your Form 2106 because it is not deductible. Www irs govefile   If you paid any actual costs (that your employer did not provide or reimburse you for) to operate the car, you can deduct the business portion of those costs. Www irs govefile Examples of costs that you may have are gas, oil, and repairs. Www irs govefile Complete Form 2106, Part II, Sections A and C. Www irs govefile Enter your actual costs on line 23 of Section C and leave line 25 blank. Www irs govefile Complete the rest of the form. Www irs govefile Reimbursements This section explains what to do when you receive an advance or are reimbursed for any of the employee business expenses discussed in this publication. Www irs govefile If you received an advance, allowance, or reimbursement for your expenses, how you report this amount and your expenses depends on whether your employer reimbursed you under an accountable plan or a nonaccountable plan. Www irs govefile This section explains the two types of plans, how per diem and car allowances simplify proving the amount of your expenses, and the tax treatment of your reimbursements and expenses. Www irs govefile It also covers rules for independent contractors. Www irs govefile No reimbursement. Www irs govefile   You are not reimbursed or given an allowance for your expenses if you are paid a salary or commission with the understanding that you will pay your own expenses. Www irs govefile In this situation, you have no reimbursement or allowance arrangement, and you do not have to read this section on reimbursements. Www irs govefile Instead, see Completing Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ , later, for information on completing your tax return. Www irs govefile Reimbursement, allowance, or advance. Www irs govefile   A reimbursement or other expense allowance arrangement is a system or plan that an employer uses to pay, substantiate, and recover the expenses, advances, reimbursements, and amounts charged to the employer for employee business expenses. Www irs govefile Arrangements include per diem and car allowances. Www irs govefile    A per diem allowance is a fixed amount of daily reimbursement your employer gives you for your lodging, meals, and incidental expenses when you are away from home on business. Www irs govefile (The term “ incidental expenses ” is defined in chapter 1 under Standard Meal Allowance. Www irs govefile ) A car allowance is an amount your employer gives you for the business use of your car. Www irs govefile   Your employer should tell you what method of reimbursement is used and what records you must provide. Www irs govefile Employers. 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Www irs govefile You must return any excess reimbursement or allowance within a reasonable period of time. Www irs govefile “ Adequate accounting ” and “ returning excess reimbursements ” are discussed later. Www irs govefile An excess reimbursement or allowance is any amount you are paid that is more than the business-related expenses that you adequately accounted for to your employer. Www irs govefile Reasonable period of time. Www irs govefile   The definition of reasonable period of time depends on the facts and circumstances of your situation. Www irs govefile However, regardless of the facts and circumstances of your situation, actions that take place within the times specified in the following list will be treated as taking place within a reasonable period of time. Www irs govefile You receive an advance within 30 days of the time you have an expense. Www irs govefile You adequately account for your expenses within 60 days after they were paid or incurred. 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Www irs govefile   Even though you are reimbursed under an accountable plan, some of your expenses may not meet all three rules. Www irs govefile All reimbursements that fail to meet all three rules for accountable plans are generally treated as having been reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan (discussed later). Www irs govefile Failure to return excess reimbursements. Www irs govefile   If you are reimbursed under an accountable plan, but you fail to return, within a reasonable time, any amounts in excess of the substantiated amounts, the amounts paid in excess of the substantiated expenses are treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan. Www irs govefile See Reasonable period of time , earlier, and Returning Excess Reimbursements , later. Www irs govefile Reimbursement of nondeductible expenses. Www irs govefile   You may be reimbursed under your employer's accountable plan for expenses related to that employer's business, some of which are deductible as employee business expenses and some of which are not deductible. Www irs govefile The reimbursements you receive for the nondeductible expenses do not meet rule (1) for accountable plans, and they are treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan. Www irs govefile Example. Www irs govefile Your employer's plan reimburses you for travel expenses while away from home on business and also for meals when you work late at the office, even though you are not away from home. Www irs govefile The part of the arrangement that reimburses you for the nondeductible meals when you work late at the office is treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan. Www irs govefile The employer makes the decision whether to reimburse employees under an accountable plan or a nonaccountable plan. Www irs govefile If you are an employee who receives payments under a nonaccountable plan, you cannot convert these amounts to payments under an accountable plan by voluntarily accounting to your employer for the expenses and voluntarily returning excess reimbursements to the employer. Www irs govefile Adequate Accounting One of the rules for an accountable plan is that you must adequately account to your employer for your expenses. Www irs govefile You adequately account by giving your employer a statement of expense, an account book, a diary, or a similar record in which you entered each expense at or near the time you had it, along with documentary evidence (such as receipts) of your travel, mileage, and other employee business expenses. Www irs govefile (See Table 5-1 in chapter 5 for details you need to enter in your record and documents you need to prove certain expenses. Www irs govefile ) A per diem or car allowance satisfies the adequate accounting requirement under certain conditions. Www irs govefile See Per Diem and Car Allowances , later. Www irs govefile You must account for all amounts you received from your employer during the year as advances, reimbursements, or allowances. Www irs govefile This includes amounts you charged to your employer by credit card or other method. Www irs govefile You must give your employer the same type of records and supporting information that you would have to give to the IRS if the IRS questioned a deduction on your return. Www irs govefile You must pay back the amount of any reimbursement or other expense allowance for which you do not adequately account or that is more than the amount for which you accounted. Www irs govefile Per Diem and Car Allowances If your employer reimburses you for your expenses using a per diem or a car allowance, you can generally use the allowance as proof for the amount of your expenses. Www irs govefile A per diem or car allowance satisfies the adequate accounting requirements for the amount of your expenses only if all the following conditions apply. Www irs govefile Your employer reasonably limits payments of your expenses to those that are ordinary and necessary in the conduct of the trade or business. Www irs govefile The allowance is similar in form to and not more than the federal rate (defined later). Www irs govefile You prove the time (dates), place, and business purpose of your expenses to your employer (as explained in Table 5-1 ) within a reasonable period of time. Www irs govefile You are not related to your employer (as defined next). Www irs govefile If you are related to your employer, you must be able to prove your expenses to the IRS even if you have already adequately accounted to your employer and returned any excess reimbursement. Www irs govefile If the IRS finds that an employer's travel allowance practices are not based on reasonably accurate estimates of travel costs (including recognition of cost differences in different areas for per diem amounts), you will not be considered to have accounted to your employer. Www irs govefile In this case, you must be able to prove your expenses to the IRS. Www irs govefile Related to employer. Www irs govefile   You are related to your employer if: Your employer is your brother or sister, half brother or half sister, spouse, ancestor, or lineal descendant, Your employer is a corporation in which you own, directly or indirectly, more than 10% in value of the outstanding stock, or Certain relationships (such as grantor, fiduciary, or beneficiary) exist between you, a trust, and your employer. Www irs govefile You may be considered to indirectly own stock, for purposes of (2), if you have an interest in a corporation, partnership, estate, or trust that owns the stock or if a member of your family or your partner owns the stock. Www irs govefile The federal rate. Www irs govefile   The federal rate can be figured using any one of the following methods. Www irs govefile For per diem amounts: The regular federal per diem rate. Www irs govefile The standard meal allowance. Www irs govefile The high-low rate. Www irs govefile For car expenses: The standard mileage rate. Www irs govefile A fixed and variable rate (FAVR). Www irs govefile    For per diem amounts, use the rate in effect for the area where you stop for sleep or rest. Www irs govefile Regular federal per diem rate. Www irs govefile   The regular federal per diem rate is the highest amount that the federal government will pay to its employees for lodging, meals, and incidental expenses (or meals and incidental expenses only) while they are traveling away from home in a particular area. Www irs govefile The rates are different for different locations. Www irs govefile Your employer should have these rates available. Www irs govefile You can also find federal per diem rates at www. Www irs govefile gsa. Www irs govefile gov/perdiem. Www irs govefile The standard meal allowance. Www irs govefile   The standard meal allowance (discussed in chapter 1) is the federal rate for meals and incidental expenses (M&IE). Www irs govefile The rate for most small localities in the United States is $46 a day. Www irs govefile Most major cities and many other localities qualify for higher rates. Www irs govefile You can find this information on the Internet at www. Www irs govefile gsa. Www irs govefile gov/perdiem. Www irs govefile   You receive an allowance only for meals and incidental expenses when your employer does one of the following. Www irs govefile Provides you with lodging (furnishes it in kind). Www irs govefile Reimburses you, based on your receipts, for the actual cost of your lodging. Www irs govefile Pays the hotel, motel, etc. Www irs govefile , directly for your lodging. Www irs govefile Does not have a reasonable belief that you had (or will have) lodging expenses, such as when you stay with friends or relatives or sleep in the cab of your truck. Www irs govefile Figures the allowance on a basis similar to that used in computing your compensation, such as number of hours worked or miles traveled. Www irs govefile High-low rate. Www irs govefile   This is a simplified method of computing the federal per diem rate for travel within the continental United States. Www irs govefile It eliminates the need to keep a current list of the per diem rates for each city. Www irs govefile   Under the high-low method, the per diem amount for travel during January through September of 2013 is $242 (including $65 for M&IE) for certain high-cost locations. Www irs govefile All other areas have a per diem amount of $163 (including $52 for M&IE). Www irs govefile For more information, see Notice 2012-63, which can be found on the Internet at www. Www irs govefile irs. Www irs govefile gov/irb/2012-42_IRB/ar12. Www irs govefile html. Www irs govefile    Effective October 1, 2013, the per diem rate for certain high-cost locations increased to $251 (including $65 for M&IE). Www irs govefile The rate for all other locations increased to $170 (including $52 for M&IE). Www irs govefile Employers who did not use the high-low method during the first 9 months of 2013 cannot begin to use it before 2014. Www irs govefile For more information, see Notice 2013-65, which can be found on the Internet at www. Www irs govefile irs. Www irs govefile gov/pub/irs-drop/n-13–65. Www irs govefile pdf and Revenue Procedure 2011-47 at www. Www irs govefile irs. Www irs govefile gov/irb/2011-42_IRB/ar12. Www irs govefile html. Www irs govefile Prorating the standard meal allowance on partial days of travel. Www irs govefile   The standard meal allowance is for a full 24-hour day of travel. Www irs govefile If you travel for part of a day, such as on the days you depart and return, you must prorate the full-day M&IE rate. Www irs govefile This rule also applies if your employer uses the regular federal per diem rate or the high-low rate. Www irs govefile   You can use either of the following methods to figure the federal M&IE for that day. Www irs govefile Method 1: For the day you depart, add 3/4 of the standard meal allowance amount for that day. Www irs govefile For the day you return, add 3/4 of the standard meal allowance amount for the preceding day. Www irs govefile Method 2: Prorate the standard meal allowance using any method you consistently apply in accordance with reasonable business practice. Www irs govefile For example, an employer can treat 2 full days of per diem (that includes M&IE) paid for travel away from home from 9 a. Www irs govefile m. Www irs govefile of one day to 5 p. Www irs govefile m. Www irs govefile of the next day as being no more than the federal rate. Www irs govefile This is true even though a federal employee would be limited to a reimbursement of M&IE for only 1½ days of the federal M&IE rate. Www irs govefile The standard mileage rate. Www irs govefile   This is a set rate per mile that you can use to compute your deductible car expenses. Www irs govefile For 2013, the standard mileage rate for the cost of operating your car for business use is 56½ cents per mile. Www irs govefile Fixed and variable rate (FAVR). Www irs govefile   This is an allowance your employer may use to reimburse your car expenses. Www irs govefile Under this method, your employer pays an allowance that includes a combination of payments covering fixed and variable costs, such as a cents-per-mile rate to cover your variable operating costs (such as gas, oil, etc. Www irs govefile ) plus a flat amount to cover your fixed costs (such as depreciation (or lease payments), insurance, etc. Www irs govefile ). Www irs govefile If your employer chooses to use this method, your employer will request the necessary records from you. Www irs govefile Reporting your expenses with a per diem or car allowance. Www irs govefile   If your reimbursement is in the form of an allowance received under an accountable plan, the following facts affect your reporting. Www irs govefile The federal rate. Www irs govefile Whether the allowance or your actual expenses were more than the federal rate. Www irs govefile The following discussions explain where to report your expenses depending upon how the amount of your allowance compares to the federal rate. Www irs govefile Allowance less than or equal to the federal rate. Www irs govefile   If your allowance is less than or equal to the federal rate, the allowance will not be included in box 1 of your Form W-2. Www irs govefile You do not need to report the related expenses or the allowance on your return if your expenses are equal to or less than the allowance. Www irs govefile   However, if your actual expenses are more than your allowance, you can complete Form 2106 and deduct the excess amount on Schedule A (Form 1040). Www irs govefile If you are using actual expenses, you must be able to prove to the IRS the total amount of your expenses and reimbursements for the entire year. Www irs govefile If you are using the standard meal allowance or the standard mileage rate, you do not have to prove that amount. Www irs govefile Example 1. Www irs govefile In April, Jeremy takes a 2-day business trip to Denver. Www irs govefile The federal rate for Denver is $215 per day. Www irs govefile As required by his employer's accountable plan, he accounts for the time (dates), place, and business purpose of the trip. Www irs govefile His employer reimburses him $215 a day ($430 total) for living expenses. Www irs govefile Jeremy's living expenses in Denver are not more than $215 a day. Www irs govefile Jeremy's employer does not include any of the reimbursement on his Form W-2 and Jeremy does not deduct the expenses on his return. Www irs govefile Example 2. Www irs govefile In June, Matt takes a 2-day business trip to Boston. Www irs govefile Matt's employer uses the high-low method to reimburse employees. Www irs govefile Since Boston is a high-cost area, Matt is given an advance of $242 a day ($484 total) for his lodging, meals, and incidental expenses. Www irs govefile Matt's actual expenses totaled $700. Www irs govefile Since Matt's $700 of expenses are more than his $484 advance, he includes the excess expenses when he itemizes his deductions. Www irs govefile Matt completes Form 2106 (showing all of his expenses and reimbursements). Www irs govefile He must also allocate his reimbursement between his meals and other expenses as discussed later under Completing Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ . Www irs govefile Example 3. Www irs govefile Nicole drives 10,000 miles in 2013 for business. Www irs govefile Under her employer's accountable plan, she accounts for the time (dates), place, and business purpose of each trip. Www irs govefile Her employer pays her a mileage allowance of 40 cents a mile. Www irs govefile Since Nicole's $5,650 expense computed under the standard mileage rate (10,000 miles x 56½ cents) is more than her $4,000 reimbursement (10,000 miles × 40 cents), she itemizes her deductions to claim the excess expense. Www irs govefile Nicole completes Form 2106 (showing all her expenses and reimbursements) and enters $1,650 ($5,650 − $4,000) as an itemized deduction. Www irs govefile Allowance more than the federal rate. Www irs govefile   If your allowance is more than the federal rate, your employer must include the allowance amount up to the federal rate in box 12 of your Form W-2. Www irs govefile This amount is not taxable. Www irs govefile However, the excess allowance will be included in box 1 of your Form W-2. Www irs govefile You must report this part of your allowance as if it were wage income. Www irs govefile   If your actual expenses are less than or equal to the federal rate, you do not complete Form 2106 or claim any of your expenses on your return. Www irs govefile   However, if your actual expenses are more than the federal rate, you can complete Form 2106 and deduct those excess expenses. Www irs govefile You must report on Form 2106 your reimbursements up to the federal rate (as shown in box 12 of your Form W-2) and all your expenses. Www irs govefile You should be able to prove these amounts to the IRS. Www irs govefile Example 1. Www irs govefile Laura lives and works in Austin. Www irs govefile In July her employer sent her to Albuquerque for 4 days on business. Www irs govefile Laura's employer paid the hotel directly for her lodging and reimbursed Laura $65 a day ($260 total) for meals and incidental expenses. Www irs govefile Laura's actual meal expenses were not more than the federal rate for Albuquerque, which is $56 per day. Www irs govefile Table 6-1. Www irs govefile Reporting Travel, Entertainment, Gift, and Car Expenses and Reimbursements IF the type of reimbursement (or  other expense allowance)  arrangement is under: THEN the employer reports on Form W-2: AND the employee reports on  Form 2106: * An accountable plan with: Actual expense reimbursement: Adequate accounting made and excess returned. Www irs govefile No amount. Www irs govefile No amount. Www irs govefile Actual expense reimbursement: Adequate accounting and return of excess both required but excess not returned. Www irs govefile The excess amount as wages in box 1. Www irs govefile No amount. Www irs govefile Per diem or mileage allowance up to the federal rate: Adequate accounting made and excess returned. Www irs govefile No amount. Www irs govefile All expenses and reimbursements only if excess expenses are claimed. Www irs govefile Otherwise, form is not filed. Www irs govefile Per diem or mileage allowance up to the federal rate: Adequate accounting and return of excess both required but excess not returned. Www irs govefile The excess amount as wages in box 1. Www irs govefile The amount up to the federal rate is reported only in box 12—it is not reported in box 1. Www irs govefile No amount. Www irs govefile Per diem or mileage allowance exceeds the federal rate: Adequate accounting up to the federal rate only and excess not returned. Www irs govefile The excess amount as wages in box 1. Www irs govefile The amount up to the federal rate is reported only in box 12—it is not reported in box 1. Www irs govefile All expenses (and reimbursements reported on Form W-2, box 12) only if expenses in excess of the federal rate are claimed. Www irs govefile Otherwise, form is not filed. Www irs govefile A nonaccountable plan with: Either adequate accounting or return of excess, or both, not required by plan. Www irs govefile The entire amount as wages in box 1. Www irs govefile All expenses. Www irs govefile No reimbursement plan: The entire amount as wages in box 1. Www irs govefile All expenses. Www irs govefile * You may be able to use Form 2106-EZ. Www irs govefile See Completing Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ . Www irs govefile Her employer included the $36 that was more than the federal rate (($65 − $56) × 4) in box 1 of Laura's Form W-2. Www irs govefile Her employer shows $224 ($56 a day × 4) in box 12 of her Form W-2. Www irs govefile This amount is not included in Laura's income. Www irs govefile Laura does not have to complete Form 2106; however, she must include the $36 in her gross income as wages (by reporting the total amount shown in box 1 of her Form W-2). Www irs govefile Example 2. Www irs govefile Joe also lives in Austin and works for the same employer as Laura. Www irs govefile In May the employer sent Joe to San Diego for 4 days and paid the hotel directly for Joe's hotel bill. Www irs govefile The employer reimbursed Joe $75 a day for his meals and incidental expenses. Www irs govefile The federal rate for San Diego is $71 a day. Www irs govefile Joe can prove that his actual meal expenses totaled $380. Www irs govefile His employer's accountable plan will not pay more than $75 a day for travel to San Diego, so Joe does not give his employer the records that prove that he actually spent $380. Www irs govefile However, he does account for the time, place, and business purpose of the trip. Www irs govefile This is Joe's only business trip this year. Www irs govefile Joe was reimbursed $300 ($75 × 4 days), which is $16 more than the federal rate of $284 ($71 × 4 days). Www irs govefile The employer includes the $16 as income on Joe's Form W-2 in box 1. Www irs govefile The employer also enters $284 in box 12 of Joe's Form W-2. Www irs govefile Joe completes Form 2106 to figure his deductible expenses. Www irs govefile He enters the total of his actual expenses for the year ($380) on Form 2106. Www irs govefile He also enters the reimbursements that were not included in his income ($284). Www irs govefile His total deductible expense, before the 50% limit, is $96. Www irs govefile After he figures the 50% limit on his unreimbursed meals and entertainment, he will include the balance, $48, as an itemized deduction. Www irs govefile Example 3. Www irs govefile Debbie drives 10,000 miles in 2013 for business. Www irs govefile Under her employer's accountable plan, she gets reimbursed 60 cents a mile, which is more than the standard mileage rate. Www irs govefile Her total reimbursement is $6,000. Www irs govefile Debbie's employer must include the reimbursement amount up to the standard mileage rate, $5,650 (10,000 × 56½ cents), in box 12 of her Form W-2. Www irs govefile That amount is not taxable. Www irs govefile Her employer must also include $350 ($6,000 − $5,650) in box 1 of her Form W-2. Www irs govefile This is the reimbursement that is more than the standard mileage rate. Www irs govefile If Debbie's expenses are equal to or less than the standard mileage rate, she would not complete Form 2106. Www irs govefile If her expenses are more than the standard mileage rate, she would complete Form 2106 and report her total expenses and reimbursement (shown in box 12 of her Form W-2). Www irs govefile She would then claim the excess expenses as an itemized deduction. Www irs govefile Returning Excess Reimbursements Under an accountable plan, you are required to return any excess reimbursement or other expense allowances for your business expenses to the person paying the reimbursement or allowance. Www irs govefile Excess reimbursement means any amount for which you did not adequately account within a reasonable period of time. Www irs govefile For example, if you received a travel advance and you did not spend all the money on business-related expenses or you do not have proof of all your expenses, you have an excess reimbursement. Www irs govefile “ Adequate accounting ” and “ reasonable period of time ” were discussed earlier in this chapter. Www irs govefile Travel advance. Www irs govefile   You receive a travel advance if your employer provides you with an expense allowance before you actually have the expense, and the allowance is reasonably expected to be no more than your expense. Www irs govefile Under an accountable plan, you are required to adequately account to your employer for this advance and to return any excess within a reasonable period of time. Www irs govefile   If you do not adequately account for or do not return any excess advance within a reasonable period of time, the amount you do not account for or return will be treated as having been paid under a nonaccountable plan (discussed later). Www irs govefile Unproved amounts. Www irs govefile   If you do not prove that you actually traveled on each day for which you received a per diem or car allowance (proving the elements described in Table 5-1 ), you must return this unproved amount of the travel advance within a reasonable period of time. Www irs govefile If you do not do this, the unproved amount will be considered paid under a nonaccountable plan (discussed later). Www irs govefile Per diem allowance more than federal rate. Www irs govefile   If your employer's accountable plan pays you an allowance that is higher than the federal rate, you do not have to return the difference between the two rates for the period you can prove business-related travel expenses. Www irs govefile However, the difference will be reported as wages on your Form W-2. Www irs govefile This excess amount is considered paid under a nonaccountable plan (discussed later). Www irs govefile Example. Www irs govefile Your employer sends you on a 5-day business trip to Phoenix in March 2013 and gives you a $400 ($80 × 5 days) advance to cover your meals and incidental expenses. Www irs govefile The federal per diem for meals and incidental expenses for Phoenix is $71. Www irs govefile Your trip lasts only 3 days. Www irs govefile Under your employer's accountable plan, you must return the $160 ($80 × 2 days) advance for the 2 days you did not travel. Www irs govefile For the 3 days you did travel you do not have to return the $27 difference between the allowance you received and the federal rate for Phoenix (($80 − $71) × 3 days). Www irs govefile However, the $27 will be reported on your Form W-2 as wages. Www irs govefile Nonaccountable Plans A nonaccountable plan is a reimbursement or expense allowance arrangement that does not meet one or more of the three rules listed earlier under Accountable Plans. Www irs govefile In addition, even if your employer has an accountable plan, the following payments will be treated as being paid under a nonaccountable plan: Excess reimbursements you fail to return to your employer, and Reimbursement of nondeductible expenses related to your employer's business. Www irs govefile See Reimbursement of nondeductible expenses , earlier, under Accountable Plans. Www irs govefile An arrangement that repays you for business expenses by reducing the amount reported as your wages, salary, or other pay will be treated as a nonaccountable plan. Www irs govefile This is because you are entitled to receive the full amount of your pay whether or not you have any business expenses. Www irs govefile If you are not sure if the reimbursement or expense allowance arrangement is an accountable or nonaccountable plan, ask your employer. Www irs govefile Reporting your expenses under a nonaccountable plan. Www irs govefile   Your employer will combine the amount of any reimbursement or other expense allowance paid to you under a nonaccountable plan with your wages, salary, or other pay. Www irs govefile Your employer will report the total in box 1 of your Form W-2. Www irs govefile    You must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ and itemize your deductions to deduct your expenses for travel, transportation, meals, or entertainment. Www irs govefile Your meal and entertainment expenses will be subject to the 50% limit discussed in chapter 2. Www irs govefile Also, your total expenses will be subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit that applies to most miscellaneous itemized deductions. Www irs govefile Example 1. Www irs govefile Kim's employer gives her $1,000 a month ($12,000 total for the year) for her business expenses. Www irs govefile Kim does not have to provide any proof of her expenses to her employer, and Kim can keep any funds that she does not spend. Www irs govefile Kim is being reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan. Www irs govefile Her employer will include the $12,000 on Kim's Form W-2 as if it were wages. Www irs govefile If Kim wants to deduct her business expenses, she must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ and itemize her deductions. Www irs govefile Example 2. Www irs govefile Kevin is paid $2,000 a month by his employer. Www irs govefile On days that he travels away from home on business, his employer designates $50 a day of his salary as paid to reimburse his travel expenses. Www irs govefile Because his employer would pay Kevin his monthly salary whether or not he was traveling away from home, the arrangement is a nonaccountable plan. Www irs govefile No part of the $50 a day designated by his employer is treated as paid under an accountable plan. Www irs govefile Rules for Independent Contractors and Clients This section provides rules for independent contractors who incur expenses on behalf of a client or customer. Www irs govefile The rules cover the reporting and substantiation of certain expenses discussed in this publication, and they affect both independent contractors and their clients or customers. Www irs govefile You are considered an independent contractor if you are self-employed and you perform services for a customer or client. Www irs govefile Accounting to Your Client If you received a reimbursement or an allowance for travel, entertainment, or gift expenses that you incurred on behalf of a client, you should provide an adequate accounting of these expenses to your client. Www irs govefile If you do not account to your client for these expenses, you must include any reimbursements or allowances in income. Www irs govefile You must keep adequate records of these expenses whether or not you account to your client for these expenses. Www irs govefile If you do not separately account for and seek reimbursement for meals and entertainment in connection with providing services for a client, you are subject to the 50% limit on those expenses. Www irs govefile See 50% Limit in chapter 2. Www irs govefile Adequate accounting. Www irs govefile   As a self-employed person, you adequately account by reporting your actual expenses. Www irs govefile You should follow the recordkeeping rules in chapter 5 . Www irs govefile How to report. Www irs govefile   For information on how to report expenses on your tax return, see Self-employed at the beginning of this chapter. Www irs govefile Required Records for Clients or Customers If you are a client or customer, you generally do not have to keep records to prove the reimbursements or allowances you give, in the course of your business, to an independent contractor for travel or gift expenses incurred on your behalf. Www irs govefile However, you must keep records if: You reimburse the contractor for entertainment expenses incurred on your behalf, and The contractor adequately accounts to you for these expenses. Www irs govefile Contractor adequately accounts. Www irs govefile   If the contractor adequately accounts to you for entertainment expenses, you (the client or customer) must keep records documenting each element of the expense, as explained in chapter 5 . Www irs govefile Use your records as proof for a deduction on your tax return. Www irs govefile If entertainment expenses are accounted for separately, you are subject to the 50% limit on entertainment. Www irs govefile If the contractor adequately accounts to you for reimbursed amounts, you do not have to report the amounts on an information return. Www irs govefile Contractor does not adequately account. Www irs govefile    If the contractor does not adequately account to you for allowances or reimbursements of entertainment expenses, you do not have to keep records of these items. Www irs govefile You are not subject to the 50% limit on entertainment in this case. Www irs govefile You can deduct the reimbursements or allowances as payment for services if they are ordinary and necessary business expenses. Www irs govefile However, you must file Form 1099-MISC to report amounts paid to the independent contractor if the total of the reimbursements and any other fees is $600 or more during the calendar year. Www irs govefile How To Use Per Diem Rate Tables This section contains information about the per diem rate substantiation methods available and the choice of rates you must make for the last 3 months of the year. Www irs govefile The Two Substantiation Methods High-low method. Www irs govefile   IRS notices list the localities that are treated under the high-low substantiation method as high-cost localities for all or part of the year. Www irs govefile Notice 2012–63, available at www. Www irs govefile irs. Www irs govefile gov/irb/2012–42_IRB/ar12. Www irs govefile html, lists the localities that are eligible for $242 ($65 meals and incidental expenses (M&IE)) per diem, effective October 1, 2012. Www irs govefile For travel on or after October 1, 2012, all other localities within CONUS are eligible for $163 ($52 M&IE) per diem under the high-low method. Www irs govefile   Notice 2013–65, available at www. Www irs govefile irs. Www irs govefile gov/pub/irs-drop/n-13–65. Www irs govefile pdf, lists the localities that are eligible for $251 ($65 M&IE) per diem, effective October 1, 2013. Www irs govefile For travel on or after October 1, 2013, the per diem for all other localities increased to $170 ($52 M&IE). Www irs govefile Regular federal per diem rate method. Www irs govefile   Regular federal per diem rates are published by the General Services Administration (GSA). Www irs govefile Both tables include the separate rate for meals and incidental expenses (M&IE) for each locality. Www irs govefile The rates listed for FY2013 at www. Www irs govefile gsa. Www irs govefile gov/perdiem are effective October 1, 2012 and those listed for FY2014 are effective October 1, 2013. Www irs govefile The standard rate for all locations within CONUS not specifically listed for FY2013 is $123 ($77 for lodging and $46 for M&IE). Www irs govefile For FY2014, this rate increased to $129 ($83 for lodging and $46 for M&IE). Www irs govefile Transition Rules The transition period covers the last 3 months of the calendar year, from the time that new rates are effective (generally October 1) through December 31. Www irs govefile During this period, you generally may change to the new rates or finish out the year with the rates you had been using. Www irs govefile High-low method. Www irs govefile   If you use the high-low substantiation method, when new rates become effective (generally October 1) you can either continue with the rates you used for the first part of the year or change to the new rates. Www irs govefile However, you must continue using the high-low method for the rest of the calendar year (through December 31). Www irs govefile If you are an employer, you must use the same rates for all employees reimbursed under the high-low method during that calendar year. Www irs govefile   The new rates and localities for the high-low method are included each year in a notice that is generally published in mid-to-late-September. Www irs govefile You can find the notice in the weekly Internal Revenue Bulletin (IRB) on the Internet at www. Www irs govefile irs. Www irs govefile gov/irb. Www irs govefile Federal per diem rate method. Www irs govefile   New CONUS per diem rates become effective on October 1 of each year and remain in effect through September 30 of the following year. Www irs govefile Employees being reimbursed under the per diem rate method during the first 9 months of a year (January 1–September 30) must continue under the same method through the end of that calendar year (December 31). Www irs govefile However, for travel by these employees from October 1 through December 31, you can choose to continue using the same per diem rates or use the new rates. Www irs govefile   The new federal CONUS per diem rates are published each year, generally early in September, on the Internet. Www irs govefile Go to www. Www irs govefile gsa. Www irs govefile gov/perdiem. Www irs govefile Per diem rates for localities listed for FY2014 may change at any time. Www irs govefile To be sure you have the most current rate, check www. Www irs govefile gsa. Www irs govefile gov/perdiem. Www irs govefile Completing Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ This section briefly describes how employees complete Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ. Www irs govefile Table 6-1 explains what the employer reports on Form W-2 and what the employee reports on Form 2106. Www irs govefile The instructions for the forms have more information on completing them. Www irs govefile If you are self-employed, do not file Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Www irs govefile Report your expenses on Schedule C (Form 1040), Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040), or Schedule F (Form 1040). Www irs govefile See the instructions for the form that you must file. Www irs govefile Form 2106-EZ. Www irs govefile   You may be able to use the shorter Form 2106-EZ to claim your employee business expenses. Www irs govefile You can use this form if you meet all the following conditions. Www irs govefile You are an employee deducting ordinary and necessary expenses attributable to your job. Www irs govefile You were not reimbursed by your employer for your expenses (amounts included in box 1 of your Form W-2 are not considered reimbursements). Www irs govefile If you are claiming car expenses, you are using the standard mileage rate. Www irs govefile Car expenses. Www irs govefile   If you used a car to perform your job as an employee, you may be able to deduct certain car expenses. Www irs govefile These are generally figured on Form 2106, Part II, and then claimed on Form 2106, Part I, line 1, Column A. Www irs govefile Car expenses using the standard mileage rate can also be figured on Form 2106-EZ by completing Part II and Part I, line 1. Www irs govefile Information on use of cars. Www irs govefile   If you claim any deduction for the business use of a car, you must answer certain questions and provide information about the use of the car. Www irs govefile The information relates to the following items. Www irs govefile Date placed in service. Www irs govefile Mileage (total, business, commuting, and other personal mileage). Www irs govefile Percentage of business use. Www irs govefile After-work use. Www irs govefile Use of other vehicles. Www irs govefile Whether you have evidence to support the deduction. Www irs govefile Whether or not the evidence is written. Www irs govefile Employees must complete Form 2106, Part II, Section A, or Form 2106-EZ, Part II, to provide this information. Www irs govefile Standard mileage rate. Www irs govefile   If you claim a deduction based on the standard mileage rate instead of your actual expenses, you must complete Form 2106, Part II, Section B. Www irs govefile The amount on line 22 (Section B) is carried to Form 2106, Part I, line 1. Www irs govefile In addition, on Part 1, line 2, you can deduct parking fees and tolls that apply to the business use of the car. Www irs govefile If you file Form 2106-EZ, complete Part I, line 1, for the standard mileage rate and line 2 for parking fees and tolls. Www irs govefile See Standard Mileage Rate in chapter 4 for information on using this rate. Www irs govefile Actual expenses. Www irs govefile   If you claim a deduction based on actual car expenses, you cannot use Form 2106-EZ. Www irs govefile You must complete Form 2106, Part II, Section C. Www irs govefile In addition, unless you lease your car, you must complete Section D to show your depreciation deduction and any section 179 deduction you claim. Www irs govefile   If you are still using a car that is fully depreciated, continue to complete Section C. Www irs govefile Since you have no depreciation deduction, enter zero on line 28. Www irs govefile In this case, do not complete Section D. Www irs govefile Car rentals. Www irs govefile   If you claim car rental expenses on Form 2106, line 24a, you may have to reduce that expense by an inclusion amount as described in chapter 4. Www irs govefile If so, you can show your car expenses and any inclusion amount as follows. Www irs govefile Compute the inclusion amount without taking into account your business use percentage for the tax year. Www irs govefile Report the inclusion amount from (1) on Form 2106, Part II, line 24b. Www irs govefile Report on line 24c the net amount of car rental expenses (total car rental expenses minus the inclusion amount computed in (1)). Www irs govefile The net amount of car rental expenses will be adjusted on Form 2106, Part II, line 27, to reflect the percentage of business use for the tax year. Www irs govefile Transportation expenses. Www irs govefile   Show your transportation expenses that did not involve overnight travel on Form 2106, line 2, Column A, or on Form 2106-EZ, Part I, line 2. Www irs govefile Also include on this line business expenses you have for parking fees and tolls. Www irs govefile Do not include expenses of operating your car or expenses of commuting between your home and work. Www irs govefile Employee business expenses other than meals and entertainment. Www irs govefile   Show your other employee business expenses on Form 2106, lines 3 and 4, Column A, or Form 2106-EZ, lines 3 and 4. Www irs govefile Do not include expenses for meals and entertainment on those lines. Www irs govefile Line 4 is for expenses such as gifts, educational expenses (tuition and books), office-in-the-home expenses, and trade and professional publications. Www irs govefile    If line 4 expenses are the only ones you are claiming, you received no reimbursements (or the reimbursements were all included in box 1 of your Form W-2), and the Special Rules discussed later do not apply to you, do not complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Www irs govefile Claim these amounts directly on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Www irs govefile List the type and amount of each expense on the dotted lines and include the total on line 21. Www irs govefile Meal and entertainment expenses. Www irs govefile   Show the full amount of your expenses for business-related meals and entertainment on Form 2106, line 5, Column B. Www irs govefile Include meals while away from your tax home overnight and other business meals and entertainment. Www irs govefile Enter 50% of the line 8, Column B, meal and entertainment expenses on line 9, Column B. Www irs govefile   If you file Form 2106-EZ, enter the full amount of your meals and entertainment on the line to the left of line 5 and multiply the total by 50%. Www irs govefile Enter the result on line 5. Www irs govefile Hours of service limits. Www irs govefile   If you are subject to the Department of Transportation's “hours of service” limits (as explained earlier under Individuals subject to “hours of service” limits in chapter 2), use 80% instead of 50% for meals while away from your tax home. Www irs govefile Reimbursements. Www irs govefile   Enter on Form 2106, line 7 (you cannot use Form 2106-EZ) the amounts your employer (or third party) reimbursed you that were not reported to you in box 1 of your Form W-2. Www irs govefile This includes any amount reported under code L in box 12 of Form W-2. Www irs govefile Allocating your reimbursement. Www irs govefile   If you were reimbursed under an accountable plan and want to deduct excess expenses that were not reimbursed, you may have to allocate your reimbursement. Www irs govefile This is necessary when your employer pays your reimbursement in the following manner: Pays you a single amount that covers meals and/or entertainment, as well as other business expenses, and Does not clearly identify how much is for deductible meals and/or entertainment. Www irs govefile You must allocate that single payment so that you know how much to enter on Form 2106, line 7, Column A and Column B. Www irs govefile Example. Www irs govefile Rob's employer paid him an expense allowance of $12,000 this year under an accountable plan. Www irs govefile The $12,000 payment consisted of $5,000 for airfare and $7,000 for meals, entertainment, and car expenses. Www irs govefile The employer did not clearly show how much of the $7,000 was for the cost of deductible meals and entertainment. Www irs govefile Rob actually spent $14,000 during the year ($5,500 for airfare, $4,500 for meals and entertainment, and $4,000 for car expenses). Www irs govefile Since the airfare allowance was clearly identified, Rob knows that $5,000 of the payment goes in Column A, line 7, of Form 2106. Www irs govefile To allocate the remaining $7,000, Rob uses the worksheet from the Instructions for Form 2106. Www irs govefile His completed worksheet follows. Www irs govefile Reimbursement Allocation Worksheet (Keep for your records)   1. Www irs govefile Enter the total amount of reimbursements your employer gave you that were not reported to you in box 1 of Form W-2 $7,000   2. Www irs govefile Enter the total amount of your expenses for the periods covered by this reimbursement 8,500   3. Www irs govefile Of the amount on line 2, enter your total expense for meals and entertainment 4,500   4. Www irs govefile Divide line 3 by line 2. Www irs govefile Enter the result as a decimal (rounded to at least three places) . Www irs govefile 529   5. Www irs govefile Multiply line 1 by line 4. Www irs govefile Enter the result here and in Column B, line 7 3,703   6. Www irs govefile Subtract line 5 from line 1. Www irs govefile Enter the result here and in Column A, line 7 $3,297 On line 7 of Form 2106, Rob enters $8,297 ($5,000 airfare and $3,297 of the $7,000) in Column A and $3,703 (of the $7,000) in Column B. Www irs govefile After you complete the form. Www irs govefile   After you have completed your Form 2106 or 2106-EZ, follow the directions on that form to deduct your expenses on the appropriate line of your tax return. Www irs govefile For most taxpayers, this is line 21 of Schedule A (Form 1040). Www irs govefile However, if you are a government official paid on a fee basis, a performing artist, an Armed Forces reservist, or a disabled employee with impairment-related work expenses, see Special Rules , later. Www irs govefile Limits on employee business expenses. Www irs govefile   Your employee business expenses may be subject to either of the limits described next. Www irs govefile They are figured in the following order on the specified form. Www irs govefile 1. Www irs govefile Limit on meals and entertainment. Www irs govefile   Certain meal and entertainment expenses are subject to a 50% limit. Www irs govefile If you are an employee, you figure this limit on line 9 of Form 2106 or line 5 of Form 2106-EZ. Www irs govefile (See 50% Limit in chapter 2. Www irs govefile ) 2. Www irs govefile Limit on miscellaneous itemized deductions. Www irs govefile   If you are an employee, deduct your employee business expenses (as figured on Form 2106 or 2106-EZ) on line 21 of Schedule A (Form 1040). Www irs govefile Most miscellaneous itemized deductions, including employee business expenses, are subject to a 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit. Www irs govefile This limit is figured on line 26 of Schedule A (Form 1040). Www irs govefile 3. Www irs govefile Limit on total itemized deductions. Www irs govefile   If your adjusted gross income (line 38 of Form 1040) is more than $300,000 ($150,000 if you are married filing separately), the total of certain itemized deductions, including employee business expenses, may be limited. Www irs govefile See your form instructions for information on how to figure this limit. Www irs govefile Special Rules This section discusses special rules that apply only to Armed Forces reservists, government officials who are paid on a fee basis, performing artists, and disabled employees with impairment-related work expenses. 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Www irs govefile   You are a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States if you are in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard Reserve; the Army National Guard of the United States; the Air National Guard of the United States; or the Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service. Www irs govefile How to report. Www irs govefile   If you have reserve-related travel that takes you more than 100 miles from home, you should first complete Form 2106 or Form 2106-EZ. Www irs govefile Then include your expenses for reserve travel over 100 miles from home, up to the federal rate, from Form 2106, line 10, or Form 2106-EZ, line 6, in the total on Form 1040, line 24. Www irs govefile Subtract this amount from the total on Form 2106, line 10, or Form 2106-EZ, line 6, and deduct the balance as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Www irs govefile   You cannot deduct expenses of travel that does not take you more than 100 miles from home as an adjustment to gross income. Www irs govefile Instead, you must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ and deduct those expenses as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Www irs govefile Officials Paid on a Fee Basis Certain fee-basis officials can claim their employee business expenses whether or not they itemize their other deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040). Www irs govefile Fee-basis officials are persons who are employed by a state or local government and who are paid in whole or in part on a fee basis. Www irs govefile They can deduct their business expenses in performing services in that job as an adjustment to gross income rather than as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. Www irs govefile If you are a fee-basis official, include your employee business expenses from Form 2106, line 10, or Form 2106-EZ, line 6, in the total on Form 1040, line 24. Www irs govefile Expenses of Certain Performing Artists If you are a performing artist, you may qualify to deduct your employee business expenses as an adjustment to gross income rather than as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. Www irs govefile To qualify, you must meet all of the following requirements. Www irs govefile During the tax year, you perform services in the performing arts as an employee for at least two employers. Www irs govefile You receive at least $200 each from any two of these employers. Www irs govefile Your related performing-arts business expenses are more than 10% of your gross income from the performance of those services. Www irs govefile Your adjusted gross income is not more than $16,000 before deducting these business expenses. Www irs govefile Special rules for married persons. Www irs govefile   If you are married, you must file a joint return unless you lived apart from your spouse at all times during the tax year. Www irs govefile If you file a joint return, you must figure requirements (1), (2), and (3) separately for both you and your spouse. Www irs govefile However, requirement (4) applies to your and your spouse's combined adjusted gross income. Www irs govefile Where to report. Www irs govefile   If you meet all of the above requirements, you should first complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ. Www irs govefile Then you include your performing-arts-related expenses from Form 2106, line 10, or Form 2106-EZ, line 6, in the total on Form 1040, line 24. Www irs govefile   If you do not meet all of the above requirements, you do not qualify to deduct your expenses as an adjustment to gross income. Www irs govefile Instead, you must complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ and deduct your employee business expenses as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Www irs govefile Impairment-Related Work Expenses of Disabled Employees If you are an employee with a physical or mental disability, your impairment-related work expenses are not subject to the 2%-of-adjusted-gross-income limit that applies to most other employee business expenses. Www irs govefile After you complete Form 2106 or 2106-EZ, enter your impairment-related work expenses from Form 2106, line 10, or Form 2106-EZ, line 6, on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 28, and identify the type and amount of this expense on the dotted line next to line 28. Www irs govefile Enter your employee business expenses that are unrelated to your disability from Form 2106, line 10, or Form 2106-EZ, line 6, on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21. Www irs govefile Impairment-related work expenses are your allowable expenses for attendant care at your workplace and other expenses in connection with your workplace that are necessary for you to be able to work. Www irs govefile You are disabled if you have: A physical or mental disability (for example, blindness or deafness) that functionally limits your being employed, or A physical or mental impairment (for example, a sight or hearing impairment) that substantially limits one or more of your major life activities, such as performing manual tasks, walking, speaking, breathing, learning, or working. Www irs govefile You can deduct impairment-related expenses as business expenses if they are: Necessary for you to do your work satisfactorily, For goods and services not required or used, other than incidentally, in your personal activities, and Not specifically covered under other income tax laws. Www irs govefile Example 1. Www irs govefile You are blind. Www irs govefile You must use a reader to do your work. Www irs govefile You use the reader both during your regular working hours at your place of work and outside your regular working hours away from your place of work. 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