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Transportation Workers

How are transportation worker meal expenses calculated?

Transportation Workers are workers in the transportation industry whose work:

  • Directly involves moving people or goods by airplane, barge, bus, ship, train, or truck.

  • Regularly requires the employee to travel away from home and during any single trip.

  • Usually involves travel to areas eligible for different standard meal allowance rates.

Do airline pilots and flight attendants qualify as transportation workers with regard to calculating per diem?

Airline pilots and flight attendants qualify for the tax write-offs associated with working as a transportation worker.  Specifically, airline pilots and flight attendants qualify for a higher meal expense allowance than the general public does.  The higher meal allowance for transportation workers is described and calculated on IRS Form 2106.  Additionally, IRS Publication 463 lists the tax rules for transportation workers.  Transportation workers who fall under DOT rules, such as airline pilots and flight attendants, are eligible to use the special rate for transportation workers if they so wish.

Does EZPerDiem take into account that airline pilots and flight attendants are considered transportation workers for the per diem deduction?

EZPerDiem allows pilots and flight attendants to simply enter their layovers into a simple form so that all of the per diem rates are pulled and used as an M&IE allowance as appropriate for a transportation worker.


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