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If my business is location independent and I travel for business 3-9 months out of the year are my lodging expenses tax deductible?
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Great question! If you are actually traveling for work, then yes. If you have a remote business and are traveling for personal pleasure, then no.

One thing to keep in mind when claiming your travel expenses: Since your business doesn’t have a physical location, your primary personal residence is most likely going to be considered your “tax home.” This is important because travel deductions are only eligible if you can demonstrate you’re leaving your “tax home” to conduct business.

If your work is such that you don’t have a consistent place of domicile, you’re technically considered a “transient worker,” and are disallowed from claiming any travel deductions at all.

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Great question! If you are actually traveling for work, then yes. If you have a remote business and are traveling for personal pleasure, then no.

One thing to keep in mind when claiming your travel expenses: Since your business doesn’t have a physical location, your primary personal residence is most likely going to be considered your “tax home.” This is important because travel deductions are only eligible if you can demonstrate you’re leaving your “tax home” to conduct business.

If your work is such that you don’t have a consistent place of domicile, you’re technically considered a “transient worker,” and are disallowed from claiming any travel deductions at all.

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