Freelance / self-employed tax deduction for reimbursed travel expenses?
February 9, 2014 9:48 PM Subscribe
Can a freelance / self-employed person (filing Schedule C) deduct from her taxes the cost of business travel (airfare, lodging) that she was later reimbursed for?
posted by toomuchkatherine to Work & Money (3 answers total)
It seems like the answer should be 'no,' but Googling has not been able to turn up anything relevant to my situation so far.
In the course of conducting freelance business, I took several out-of-state trips this past year. Each time, I spent a few hundred dollars on airfare and a hundred, give or take, on meals. I was later reimbursed for those expenses, but the reimbursements came as separate checks from the checks I received as payment for the work itself. And the reimbursed amount wasn't reflected on the 1099-MISC's I later received for the work.
Again, it seems like this $ shouldn't be deductible, but if by some tax loophole they are, then I darn well want to deduct them.
Obviously, you are not my accountant. Thanks.