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Local Trips

Local trips are trips that a truck driver works, but does not have an overnight stay away from his or her tax home.  Local trips generally do not allow truck drivers to write off their M&IE expenses on those days because they do not involve a legitimate rest period according to the rules spelled out in IRS Publication 463.  In essence, the way Publication 463 spells out the M&IE deduction is that truckers can write off M&IE expenses when they travel away from their tax home AND stay away long enough that a rest period is necessary.  The rest requirement that the IRS is referring to is described in IRS Publication 463.


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