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Pilots and Flight Attendants
2% Limit
A.G.I. (Adjusted Gross Income)
Above the Line Deductions
Accountable Plan
Actual Cost Meal Deduction
Adequate Records
Alternative Minimum Tax
Below the Line Deductions
CONUS
CPA (Certified Public Accountant)
City-by-City
Commuting Expenses
D.O.T. (Department of Transportation)
Day Trips
Department of State
Displaced
Documentary Evidence
Domicile
Effective Date
Effective Tax Rate
Employee Business Expenses
Enrolled Agent
Expiration Date
General Services Agency
Gross Income
Hours of Service Limits
IRS
IRS Form 1040
IRS Form 2106
IRS Publication 1542
IRS Publication 463
IRS Publication 529
Incidental Expenses
Indefinate Duty
Itemized Tax Deduction
Itenerant
M&IE
Meals
Necessary Expense
Non Taxable Per Diem
Nonaccountable Plan
OCONUS
Ordinary Expense
Per Diem
Per Diem Calculator
Per Diem Deduction
Per Diem Rates
Personal Expense
Prorate
Recordkeeping
Reimbursement
Rest
Schedule A
Seasonal End Date
Seasonal Start Date
Special Per Diem Rates
Standard Deduction
Standard Meal Allowance
Standard Per Diem Rates
Substantiated Expenses
TDY
Tax Attorney
Tax Audit
Tax Bracket
Tax Credit
Tax Deduction
Tax Home
Tax Liability
Tax Preparer
Tax Software
Taxable Income
Taxable Per Diem
Temporary Duty
Transition Period
Transportation Workers
Travel Expenses

Itemized Tax Deductions

Itemized deductions, also called a Schedule A deduction, is the alternative a taxpayer has to using the standard deduction. Itemized deductions are below-the-line tax deductions as opposed to above-the-line tax deductions. By using the itemized deductions, a flight crewmember is able to deduct all of their aviation related employee business expenses and travel expenses. Pilots and flight attendants who itemize are also eligible to deduct several other items allowed by the IRS. Items such as medical and dental expenses, interest paid, taxes paid, charitable contributions including car donations or boat donations, gambling losses, etc. For airline pilots and flight attendants to use the itemized deductions, the flight crewmember must be able to exceed the standard deduction amount that is published by the IRS for each given year. If the pilot or flight attendant cannot itemize, then none of the employee business expenses or travel expenses including the per diem deduction can be written off the flight crewmember taxes. In other words, those expenses along with the other itemized deductions that a pilot or flight attendant has simply do not exceed the standard deduction.

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