Do I have to claim per diem amounts on my taxes?

Asked over 2 years ago - Youngstown, OH

When I worked away from home, I received a per diem check in addition to my regular pay check. Subsequently, my W-2 did not show any per diem amounts. Do I have to claim the per diem checks?

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  1. James H Sutton Jr.

    Contributor Level 13


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    Answered . Per diem is normally not reported as income and you may not deduct the expenses for which the per diem reimbursed you.

    I hope this answer helps.

  2. Phillip Monroe Smith

    Contributor Level 18


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    Answered . No. This assumes that your company had an accountable plan.

    THESE COMMENTS ARE NOT LEGAL ADVICE. They are provided for informational purposes only. Actual legal advice can... more
  3. Henry Daniel Lively

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . No, with an accountable plan you do not have to claim the per diem amount received. You also cannot deduct any expenses associated with this.

    Any individual seeking legal advice for their own situation should retain their own legal counsel as this response... more

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