When you’re travelling for Ministry work, it’s easy to become so busy that you forget to keep track of your expenses. Here are five quick tips for claiming travel expenses for your tax return.
1. There are lots of different unreimbursed expenses that Clergy can claim on their taxes. The most common expenses include airfare, baggage fees, hotels, taxis to and from the airport, laundry, rental cars, 50% of your meals, and workshop or convention expenses.
2. Travel expenses must be related to your ministry work to be deducted. If you spent a day sightseeing, then you can’t claim any expenses related to that.
3. In order to claim hotel expenses, you must be far enough away from home that you can’t reasonably be expected to go home without sleep or rest.
4. If your spouse comes with you on the trip, you cannot claim any of his or her expenses, unless they are also working in the capacity of their own Ministry work.
5. It’s ok to split a trip between business and pleasure, but you will have to keep very good records in order to split the bills. For example, if you document that 60% of the time on your trip was spent at work, then you could only deduct 60% of the hotel bill.
These are general rules that won’t cover every situation possible. If you have a more specific question regarding travel expenses, Clergy Financial Resources can help. Our Pro-Advisor service can provide answers to your tax questions, quickly and easily. Visit https://www.clergyfinancial.com/resources/proadvisor/ today for more details!
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