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Tax-deductible travel expenses?
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Apr 10, 2002

I\'m a self-employed German translator living (and paying taxes) in the U.S.



Does anyone know whether I can (partially?) deduct travel expenses to Germany if they don\'t relate to a specific assignment -- as a sort of keep-the-language-fresh educational expense?


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Daina Jauntirans  Identity Verified
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Yes, according to my accountant Apr 14, 2002

Hi Norbert!



My accountant told me that I could deduct trips like this. Certainly you could also deduct any books/magazines, etc. you buy there. According to him, anything keeping you in touch with the language/profession (within reason) would count. He does taxes for other translators and freelancers in Chicago as well, so is familiar with the issues.



There were a couple of other deductions that he told me about that I did not realize I could take, for instance, the bank fees/wire transfer fees on my business account.



HTH

Daina



PS The expense of having your taxes done is a deduction for the following year!


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k-schwendtner
United States
German to English
travel expenses May 21, 2010

I am also a German - English translator that is based in the U.S. I am currently in Austria for sevearl month to find more direct clients and of course to get in touch with the language. I temporarily rented an apartment in Vienna, and am wondering if what of my expenses I can deduct.

Rent of the place?
Supermarket bills?
Cabs/Taxis?
Trains?
Restaurant bills?
Mobile internet?
Temporary cell phone?
Travel insurance?

I am also wondering on how to calculate the exchange rate?

I am desperately looking for a tax accountant who works with translators. In my area (Aspen, Colorado) there are none. Any recommendations for accountants, one can work with online?


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