Travel Expense Deductions


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Llanonite

I work a 14 day on, 14 day off rotation for an offshore
drilling company in the Gulf of Mexico. For the past three
years I have deducted the mileage on my car for driving back
and forth to various ports of departure to our location
offshore in US waters.

Now our rig is in Mexican waters, drilling for the Mexican
state owned petroleum company, and we are expected to be
drilling in various locations in Mexican waters for another
3 years.

I'm interested in flying to our port of depature to Mexico.
Will I be able to deduct the cost of an airplane ticket?
 
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D. Stussy

Llanonite said:
I work a 14 day on, 14 day off rotation for an offshore
drilling company in the Gulf of Mexico. For the past three
years I have deducted the mileage on my car for driving back
and forth to various ports of departure to our location
offshore in US waters.

Now our rig is in Mexican waters, drilling for the Mexican
state owned petroleum company, and we are expected to be
drilling in various locations in Mexican waters for another
3 years.

I'm interested in flying to our port of depature to Mexico.
Will I be able to deduct the cost of an airplane ticket?
No. It's commuting and therefore not deductible.

[There is no exception for unusually long commutes.]
 
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Harlan Lunsford

D. Stussy said:
Llanonite wrote:
No. It's commuting and therefore not deductible.

[There is no exception for unusually long commutes.]
You must not have any construction or union men as clients.

ChEAr$,
Harlan Lunsford, EA n LA
Sun 20 Mar 2005
 
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D. Stussy

Harlan said:
D. Stussy said:
Llanonite wrote:
I work a 14 day on, 14 day off rotation for an offshore
drilling company in the Gulf of Mexico. For the past three
years I have deducted the mileage on my car for driving back
and forth to various ports of departure to our location
offshore in US waters.

Now our rig is in Mexican waters, drilling for the Mexican
state owned petroleum company, and we are expected to be
drilling in various locations in Mexican waters for another
3 years.

I'm interested in flying to our port of depature to Mexico.
Will I be able to deduct the cost of an airplane ticket?
No. It's commuting and therefore not deductible.

[There is no exception for unusually long commutes.]
You must not have any construction or union men as clients.
No, not currently. However, "union men" who have a "union
hall" to report to when they don't have a job DO have a
place they call their principal place of business - the
union hall. Otherwise, they are itinerate and thus have no
transportation costs that aren't commuting.

I don't see what point you're trying to raise. What this
taxpayer is doing is commuting from home to his workplace.
 
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Harlan Lunsford

D. Stussy said:
Harlan said:
D. Stussy said:
Llanonite wrote:
I work a 14 day on, 14 day off rotation for an offshore
drilling company in the Gulf of Mexico. For the past three
years I have deducted the mileage on my car for driving back
and forth to various ports of departure to our location
offshore in US waters.

Now our rig is in Mexican waters, drilling for the Mexican
state owned petroleum company, and we are expected to be
drilling in various locations in Mexican waters for another
3 years.

I'm interested in flying to our port of depature to Mexico.
Will I be able to deduct the cost of an airplane ticket?
No. It's commuting and therefore not deductible.

[There is no exception for unusually long commutes.]
You must not have any construction or union men as clients.
No, not currently. However, "union men" who have a "union
hall" to report to when they don't have a job DO have a
place they call their principal place of business - the
union hall. Otherwise, they are itinerate and thus have no
transportation costs that aren't commuting.

I don't see what point you're trying to raise. What this
taxpayer is doing is commuting from home to his workplace.
Okay, it's like this. Suppose I, as an accountant, take on
a temporary three week job in a distant city about ....40
miles away. That's clearly outside my immediate tax home.
And if I drive there daily, 80 miles round trip,
deductible. Similar to a construction man, be he
electrician, carpenter or whatever. (what would I be
"constructing"? (grin) TAXES, or a new set of books.)

ChEAr$,
Harlan Lunsford, EA n LA
24 Mar 2005
 

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