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Question Deduction of commuting expenses post #1  quote:



My wife lives and works in one state. Recently, I took a job in another state, rented an apartment there, and commute by plane on weekends. This is a permanent job, but we are looking for jobs in both states so that we can work in the same state.

My questions are:
1. Are my commuting expenses deductible?
2. Does this answer depend on whether we file jointly or separately?

Thanks a lot!

Andy


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Change Focus To Maximize Deductions post #2  quote:

Answer:

1. No.
2. Irrelevant.

You may establish your tax home differently than your wife's, despite you filing a joint return in a different state.

And you can take advantage of the moving expense to set up your new tax home, away from spouse's tax home. Use Form 3909 < --- Just click Here


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Thank you for your advice and the link!

Unfortunately (or fortunately), my employer has reimbursed me for almost all the moving cost, so my moving deduction is very small.

Are there any other benefits associated with having a different tax home from the spouse's?

Thanks!


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Only one remaining would be if you own two houses at two different tax homes, you both when filing a joint return can deduct both interests and taxes.

But NO, you don't get weekend trips back and forth for conjugal visits. They come out of your own pockets.

But there are other tax strategies if you can work part time at your spouses' tax home location..... check with your advisor.


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Thanks!

You make this message board so useful!


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