Are transportation costs between work and home deductible?

August 22, 2011

From:  Asher
Date:  Fri, 8 Jun 2007

Since I wasn't able to find a job in my city of residence, Portland, Oregon, I took a job in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. My wife, who is a tenured college professor in Oregon, continues to live in Portland with our two young children. Are my unreimbursed expenses to travel to and from Portland to be with my family on the weekends tax deductible?

Thanks,
Asher

Answer

Date:  2 Jul 2007

Hello Asher,

No. Based on the facts you gave me, these are non-deductible personal expenses.

I highly recommend that you seek professional help immediately to determine your state tax status and to prepare your state income tax returns. Sometimes you can be taxable in two states with a scenario like you describe.

Good luck!


Mike Gray

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