How to deduct expenses when consulting abroad?
May 1, 2012 2:28 PM Subscribe
received 1099-misc. i earned this income over 8 months while consulting for an american company abroad.any special deductions for me?easy way to deduct daily expenses?advice?
posted by calm down to Work & Money (5 answers total)
An American consulting firm paid me to go abroad to work on a project for them, as an independent contractor. I stayed there for 8 months on the project.
Now, I am doing my taxes (yes, I got an extension). I had food expenses, rent, communications expenses, travel expenses, health insurance expenses, internet, etc...my employer didn't pay for any of these.
Was this entire 8 months considered travel for business?
Is it possible to do this type of estimating somehow, so I do not have to provide proof of every single purchase I made over this time period? Such as, I was on business for 8 months, the standard per diem for this country from the US Dept of State is $45 a day, and deduct that somehow?
Any insight appreciated, I am a bit confused, I am using TurboTax Deluxe if it matters.