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How An Airline Pilot or The Flight Attendant Tax Home Affects Vehicle and Commuting Expenses?

Posted on October 01 2020


Airline pilots and flight attendants sometimes think that if commuting expenses or hotel expenses are tax certain. The answer to the question is dependent on the location of the flight crewmember's tax home and some other factors that are related to their specific situation. Firstly, a taxpayer's tax home is generally explained as their regular place of business or posts of duty i.e. a pilot or the flight attendant's accommodation or base, regardless of where their family home is located. This includes the entire city or the general area in which their business or work is located.
There are few exceptions to this situation. The first exception will be a situation where a pilot or a flight attendant is temporarily assigned to different city other than their tax home. This is typically known as a temporary duty assignment, or TDY. If a pilot or the flight attendant is TDY to any other city and the TDY is realistically expected to last and does in fact last for a year or less, then the crewmember can deduct the associated expenses from their income tax return. If the TDY is expected to realistically last for more than a year, whether or not, it actually does last for more than a year then the TDY is considered undetermined. An indefinite assignment simply means that the TDY location becomes the crewmember's new tax home. This is the typical situation crewmembers that are the base-transferred find themselves in, where the commuting expenses are associated with getting to a flight crewmember to their tax home are NOT deductible.
Other possible circumstances where you can deduct the airline crewmember’s to deduct the vehicle expenses will be training them for work out of the base or the union duties and meetings which are out of base i.e. away from the crewmember's tax home.
As an airline pilot or the flight attendant trying to maximize legitimate aviation-related to the tax deductions, it is important to keep in mind where your tax home is located in regards to your aviation-related employee business expenses. You do not want to deduct aviation-related expenses which you are not entitled to, just as you do not want to miss out on the airline tax deductions that you are entitled to.
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