24 Tax Write-Offs for Travel Nurses

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We get it, nurses have enough on their plate — especially these days. After spending all day in an understaffed health care facility, who has time to think about something like taxes? For travel nurses, especially, the stress is even higher.

Luckily, it’s easier than ever to claim all the tax breaks you're due as a travel nurse, because we've gathered them together for you. So get on these savings, STAT, before you overpay on your next tax bill!

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Licensing fees
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 23

Fees to get or renew your license to perform your work are fully deductible.

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Continuing education classes
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

Continuing education class required to keep your job are fully deductible.

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Courses & certifications
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

Educational courses and certifications to enhance your skills are considered tax write-offs.

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Office supplies
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 18

Deduct anything you buy for your office, like pens, binders, folders, printer ink, or a whiteboard.

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Uniforms
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

Any uniforms you're required to wear on the job are considered tax-deductible.

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Uniform dry cleaning
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

If you need to get your uniform professionally dry cleaned, you can write it off.

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Nursing malpractice insurance
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 15

These policies protect you from malpractice lawsuits — you need them for work. That makes them tax-deductible.

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Nursing journals
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

Subscribe to journals like The International Journal of Nursing Studies or The Journal of American Nursing? Consider that a work-related education write-off.

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If you drive for work ...

Don't forget to write off car-related expenses if you drive for work. This might include driving to patient meetings, local conferences, or even to pick up medical or office supplies.

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Parking
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

Parking for a meeting downtown, or any other work trip, is tax-deductible!

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Tolls
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 27a

A toll while driving to or from a work destination is tax-deductible!

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Car purchase & depreciation
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 13

If you buy a new car, you can write off part of the cost every year for five years.

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Vehicle tool kit
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 22

Flashlights, tire iron, duct tape, and other tools you may need in your vehicle are deductible.

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Car insurance & registration
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 15

Car insurance monthly fees, registration, even roadside assistance are partially deductible.

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Car maintenance
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 9

Oil changes, repairs, and regular checkups are all tax-deductible if you drive for work.

If you discuss work at a restaurant ...

Grabbing food or drinks with mentors, patients, or fellow healthcare workers to talk about work is considered a business meal and can be written off your taxes.

What's more, you don't need to hold on to your physical receipts to claim your business meal expenses (unless you spent over $75 in cash). For the IRS, bank and credit card statements are good enough!

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Business meals
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 24b

If you discuss work with a coworker, mentor, client, or prospective client, it's a write-off!

If you leave town for work ...

As a travel nurse, you can claim all the out-of-pocket expenses you incur during short-term contracts, as long as you're there for less than a year and you maintain a tax home.

Your tax home is essentially a regular base of operations at your permanent address, where you're still paying rent or a mortgage — even if you're often working in a totally different state. You keep most of your stuff there, and your partner or family may still live there. It's also where you're registered to vote, and where your tax documents get sent.

If you have a tax home, you can write off any unreimbursed costs you're forced to pay when you're on a contract — including that furnished apartment you rent. (Again, that's assuming you don't get a stipend or reimbursement.)

You can also write off travel expenses if you head to another city where you aren't even working for a nursing conference or workshop. That's also considered business travel, so you can claim expenses like your hotel and lodging.

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Transportation
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 24a

Planes, trains, and car rentals are all work-related travel costs that can be written off.

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Travel lodging
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 24a

When you travel for work, lodging expenses such as hotel rooms or Airbnb are write offs.

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Meals while traveling
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 24a

When you're traveling for work, all meals are tax-deductible. Even takeout!

If you work from home ...

This one's less common for travel nurses. But say you accept a contract in your home city. If you regularly do some of your work from a dedicated workstation in your home, you'll eligible to write off home office expenses for the months you live in your home city.

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Home office furniture
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 18

A desk, chairs, lamps, and other home office necessities are all tax write-offs.

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Property repairs
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 21

You can write off up to $2,500 for individual repairs to your property.

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Power bill
Write it off using:

Form 8829

Gotta keep the lights on in your home office! A portion of your electricity bill counts.

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Property insurance
Write it off using:

Form 8829

Whether it's rental or homeowners insurance, you can write off a portion through your home office deduction.

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Water bill
Write it off using:

Form 8829

It'd be hard to work in an office without running water, huh? You water bill counts.

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Wi-Fi bill
Write it off using:

Schedule C, Box 25

Your Comcast bill is a tax write-off. You need internet to do your job!