Okay- Don’t be afraid to ask questions ….. Since the first post on this topic, I have heard from a few people who want to know the accepted rule but don’t want to ask publicly. Ok, that’s fine 🙂
The benchmark for deductible lodging expenses – OR better, in tax jargon as it applies to per diems for lodging – the benchmark for determining if the housing/lodging reimbursement is excluded from your reported wages is …… guess what? ……….. an overnight stay where you have to pay for lodging!!! Pretty logical huh? Our tax code does make sense at times.
Why should you receive a tax free reimbursement for lodging unless you have an expense to reimburse? As I said earlier, a trucker who sleeps in their cab cannot receive a tax free lodging per diem and they are traveling how far away from home? I guess the “50 mile rule” has that covered…..
Now, you cant just waltz 25 miles down the road and decide you don’t like your main home and stay in an apartment OR for those of you that are more honest: you don’t like your stick house that you masquerade as a residence to get tax free money because the in-laws live there …….. Its a bit “unreasonable” (another one of those terms of art in the tax code) to need a second home such a short distance away.
The next time a recruiter tries to sell you on the 50 MILE RULE, send them here and let them ask why! 🙂