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Travel Expenses While Away From Home
We begin by briefly outlining the rules for deducting travel
expenses. A taxpayer may deduct reasonable and necessary travel
expenses such as vehicle expenses, meals, and lodging incurred
while away from home in the pursuit of a trade or business.
Secs. 162(a)(2), 262(a).3 A taxpayer must show that he or she
was away from home when he or she incurred the expense, that the
expense is reasonable and necessary, and that the expense was
incurred in pursuit of a trade or business. Commissioner v.
Flowers, 326 U.S. 465, 470 (1946). The determination of whether
the taxpayer has satisfied these requirements is a question of
The purpose of the deduction for expenses incurred away from
home is to alleviate the burden on the taxpayer whose business
needs require him or her to maintain two homes and therefore
incur duplicate living expenses. Kroll v. Commissioner, 49 T.C.
557, 562 (1968). The duplicate costs are not deductible where
the taxpayer maintains two homes for personal reasons. Sec. 262;
Commissioner v. Flowers, supra at 474.
A taxpayer may deduct the expenses he or she incurred while
away from home. Sec. 162(a)(2). The word “home” for purposes of
3All section references are to the Internal Revenue Code in
effect for 2003, and all Rule references are to the Tax Court
Rules of Practice and Procedure, unless otherwise indicated.
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