I am a otr truck driver. I was doing my taxes and now I'm on the part where you do itemization and meal costs etc.. .i know that if you do not get your per diem on your regular pay check you get it back on your taxes but the site I'm using says that you no longer get it. Os that true?======>> Per Diem is an allowance given by employers that is used to cover meals, lodging, and incidental expenses of employees on business trips away from home. Since you are traveling away from home overnight on business and incur hotel charges then the hotel charge and 50% of your meals are deductible as they are not reimbursed by your employer. you can use Form 2106-EZ if you received absolutely no reimbursement. Amounts you claim on Form 2106 or 2106-EZ are also subject to a 2% limitation. This means only the portion of unreimbursed expenses that exceeds 2 % of your AGI will be added as a deduction. To receive proper credit for your deduction, calculate all your unreimbursed 2106 items, then apply the limitation.
I have always opted to get my per diem back at the end of the year, can someone please explain whats going on?====>> As mentioned above.