To the INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS)
Fresno, CA 93888-0014
ATTN: DEPARTMENT OF THE TRESURY
RE: TAX DEDUCTIBLES ON BUSINESS TRAVEL EXPENSES
The above matter refers.
I am a professional real estate agent licensed in California handling high end real estate clients.
The nature of my work entails travelling to showcase property to clients in California from out of
state to in state. I travel from my tax home for definite periods (not exceeding one year), and
these periods are longer that an ordinary day's work necessitating me to rest in order to meet the
demands of my work.
I understand that as per Publication 463, travel expenses are the ordinary and necessary expenses
of traveling away from home for business, profession, or job and they include:
Transportation by airplane, train, bus or car from my home and business
Transportation fares between:
i. The airport or train station and my hotel
ii. The hotel and the work location of my customers, my business meeting place, or my
temporary work location
Shipping of baggage, and sample or display material between my regular and temporary
Using my car in the business destination
Lodging and non-entertainment-related meals
Dry cleaning and laundry
Business calls during a business trip
Tips paid for services related to any of the above expenses
I also understand that I cannot deduct expenses that are lavish or extravagant, or that are for
personal purposes but an expense is not considered lavish or extravagant if it is reasonable based
on the facts and circumstances. Please note that in my line of work and especially due to my
high-end clientele, my travel expenses tend to be on the higher end. I require to travel, attract,
and appeal to the clientele in order to make sales which therefore makes my seemingly luxurious
expenses ordinary and necessary to perform my work duties, simple stated, impressions are a
vital commodity in my line of work, they help inspire confidence in the client, to say the least,
but they do come at a substantial price.
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