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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

Personal Expense

An expense is personal if it cannot pass something called we'll refer to as the "what if" test. Ask yourself: "What if I didn't have this job? Would I still incur the expense?" An item may seem, at initial glance, to be a legitimate itemized deduction, but if it cannot pass the "what if" test above, then it is not allowed to be written off as an airline-related tax deduction on IRS Form 2106. EXAMPLE (Haircuts or socks'): One could argue that haircuts and socks are ordinary and necessary, but they do not pass the "what if" test above. They are therefore considered a personal expense rather than a legitimate employee business expense and cannot be deducted.

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