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Checklist to Help You Document Your Travel Expenses

Here’s a checklist to help you document your travel expenses:

  1. Keep accurate records of all travel expenses, including dates, destinations, business purposes, and receipts. Use a dedicated travel expense log or app to track your expenses as you incur them.
  2. Clearly distinguish between business and personal expenses. Only business-related expenses are deductible.
  3. Retain receipts for all deductible expenses, including transportation, lodging, meals, and incidentals. The IRS may require these receipts as proof of your expenses.
  4. For each trip, document the specific business purpose, such as attending a conference, meeting with clients, or conducting research. This information should be included in your travel expense log or records.
  5. If you are an employee, ensure you comply with your employer’s travel expense policies and procedures. Obtain necessary approvals and follow reimbursement processes.
  6. If you use your personal vehicle for business travel, keep a detailed mileage log to substantiate your deductible mileage expenses.

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