It is almost summer and many people will be thinking about traveling. If you plan it right you might even be able to deduct a good part of your trip.
Travel Primarily For Business
The IRS says that travel primarily for business is fully deductible. If you take a trip that is primarily for business and while you are there you extend your stay for a vacation or take a personal side trip you can still deduct the business related travel expenses. Personal trips are not deductible, but you can deduct any expenses while at your destination that directly relate to your business.
How do you figure out if a trip is primarily business or pleasure? Generally this is determined by the amount of time you spend on business vs. personal activities. If more time is spent on business activities your trip is primarily for business purposes.
There are a multitude of expenses that qualify as travel expenses. Transportation, hotel/lodging costs, car expenses (gas, oil, repairs, etc.), taxis, tips, and telecommunication fees are all examples of deductible expenses. Meals and entertainment expenses, however, are subject to a 50% limitation.
Keep in mind that if your spouse or children travel with you, only your portion of the travel expenses are deductible. Even if other family members occasionally assist you in business, unless their presence is necessary for you to conduct business, their travel will not be deductible.