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Tax Seminar Guide

Enjoying Tax Deductibles with Seminar Attendance


Did you know that you can deduct your costs for attending a seminar or conference if you're not reimbursed by your box? Absolutely! The Internal Revenue Service allows just that, but of course, the seminar you attend must be related to your profession. For instance, if you're working for an accounting firm, you can enjoy that deductible under the circumstances mentioned above.


The total eligible costs for the particular year can be removed on your personal income tax return, counting as a miscellaneous. However, note that the IRS limits the amount that can be deducted, to the 2% beyond your adjusted gross income.


The cost of admission to the cpe seminars may be deducted if your attendance was required by your company, or if it the affair had something to do with your present job. If you were not obliged to attend, the conference should be an ordinary and necessary expense. This requirement is met if going to similar seminars is a usual practice in your line of work or business. It is not important that the seminar is educational, as the deduction is good for any meeting that offers potential business opportunities.


If the seminar is outside your main work location, your costs can be deducted under travel expenses. This can include the cost of transportation, including taxi or rental car costs.


If you drove your personal vehicle to the cpa seminars, you can also have your costs deducted. The IRS has a standard mileage rate system for computing the deduction. That means you will be able to deduct a fixed amount for every mile you drive your car for a business purpose. The cost of tolls will also be deducted aside from the mileage rate. 


If you have to spend the night to attend the seminar, hotel costs are also deductible. The IRS acknowledges that staying overnight may be necessary if the travel is drawn out, to give you time to rest and continue participating in the seminar. Note that the IRS will not deduct hotel charges that are too expensive or luxurious.  Know more claims about tax seminars at


Finally, the cost of food and other reasonable restaurant gratuities during your travel can be deducted as well. There are two ways IRS computes meal costs: by using daily per diem rates applicable in different areas, disregarding whatever amount you actually spent; and by checking your records of the meals and costs you have actually paid.  For both methods, you get a 50% deduction total. This discount must be computed before the 2% adjusted gross income limit is applied.