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Definition of 'Travel Expenses'

Travel expenses are the costs incurred when traveling for business or personal reasons. They can include airfare, hotel accommodations, meals, and incidentals such as taxi fares and parking.

When it comes to business travel, the IRS allows you to deduct the cost of travel expenses that are "ordinary and necessary" and that are incurred while you are away from your home and principal place of business. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when claiming travel expenses on your taxes.

First, you must be able to prove that the travel was for business purposes. This means that you must have a business purpose for your trip, and you must be able to show that the travel was necessary. Second, you must be able to substantiate your expenses. This means that you must keep receipts for all of your travel expenses, and you must be able to show that the expenses were reasonable.

There are a number of different types of travel expenses that you can deduct on your taxes. These include:

* Airfare
* Hotel accommodations
* Meals
* Taxi fares
* Parking
* Car rental
* Entertainment
* Laundry
* Telephone calls
* Internet access
* Shipping
* Baggage fees
* Visa fees
* Passport fees
* Driver's license fees
* Foreign currency exchange fees

When it comes to personal travel, the IRS does not allow you to deduct any travel expenses. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. For example, you may be able to deduct travel expenses if you are traveling to attend a medical appointment, or if you are traveling to visit a sick relative.

If you are unsure whether or not you can deduct a particular travel expense, you should consult with a tax professional.

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