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If my employer doesn't reimburse my expenses, can I deduct the standard meal allowance for days I'm away from home for work?
You might be able to deduct your meals depending on your circumstances. If you're away from your tax home overnight for a temporary business purpose, you can deduct the cost of traveling. Your tax home is your regular place of employment. This is regardless of where your family home is located.
If you don't have a regular or a main place of business, your tax home can be the place where you regularly live, if these apply:
If you're traveling away from your tax home, you can deduct either of these:
The standard meal rate can be found in Publication 463. You can only deduct 50% of either of these: