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

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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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.


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

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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.

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