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I'm a railroad worker, what's deductible on my tax return for my lunch when I'm not allowed to take a lunch break?

Haltom City, TX |

I work at a railroad, and the union folks say that I can deduct something on my taxes for my lunch break since I don't get to have one. Is this the per diem rate, or is this based on actual expenses? I understood it to be a compensation since I don't get to take a lunch break. I don't live far from the depot, and I seldom leave town, but I still don't get a lunch break. Can you help me find out what is deductible on my tax return. I'm assuming it is one of the misc. deductions lowered by the 2% of AGI...

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You should check with a CPA. The IRS is pretty stingy with personal meal deductions, even when the meal is provided for the convenience of the employer.

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