Deductions for business related rental/travel

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Seward Pulitzer

I live in upstate NY and am performing technical consulting work, as a sole
prop., for a company in Boston. I will be working for them from the
beginning of June to the end of August. I have a few other clients as well
but the bulk of my hours will go toward this company. The work requires that
I be on-site so I have access to their hardware. I therefore needed to rent
an apartment in Boston, but I retained my NY apartment as my primary
residence.

I feel that, since the sole reason for the Boston apt rental is to enable my
work there, it is a legitimate business expense. I'm also planning on
driving back to my NY residence once every three weeks or so for upkeep, and
I think that these travel expenses should also qualify.

Does this sound reasonable?

Thanks in advance,
SWP
 
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Paul

Seward Pulitzer said:
I live in upstate NY and am performing technical consulting work, as a sole
prop., for a company in Boston. I will be working for them from the
beginning of June to the end of August. I have a few other clients as well
but the bulk of my hours will go toward this company. The work requires that
I be on-site so I have access to their hardware. I therefore needed to rent
an apartment in Boston, but I retained my NY apartment as my primary
residence.

I feel that, since the sole reason for the Boston apt rental is to enable my
work there, it is a legitimate business expense.
Yes, most living expenses you incur while away from home on temporary
assignment are deductible. But your actual expenses would be, or could be,
limited to the hotel rental rate for that area.

I'm also planning on driving back to my NY residence
once every three weeks or so for upkeep, and
I think that these travel expenses should also qualify.
Transportation to and from your temporary workplace is also deductible.

The key to both of these being deductible is, to be sure this is a temporary
deal. Break the 12 month time restriction and you're toast.
 

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