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PerDiem for driver who sleeps in home city but not at home?

I have a daily 14-hour dedicated run from my home city and back. So that I can get some sleep, I don't ever go home except on the weekends, sleeping M-F in my truck in the company's yard. So again, both my home and my company are in the same city, but like an OTR driver, I don't go home at night. Am I eligible for per diem?

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I am thinking that I have been told that you have to be outside the city you live in to be able to qualify for Per Diem. If you are claiming it and get audited by the IRS they will be asking you about that. Your Per Diem is for food and lodging while out on the road. I don't think it would fly if you told them you just wanted to stay in your truck. Ask you tax person about this they should know......I found this on another site.....

You must be over the road driver. Getting home every night does not qualify you for this per diem. The full per diem amount of $59.00 per day can only be used on days that you are away from home 24 full hours, On partial days that you leave home or return home you can deduct .75 X $59 = $44.25 per day. There is a more complicated formula for those who would want to use the exact percentage of the day that you are gone from home. Or you can just use the .75 for all partial days.

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Yes you absolutely qualify. As long as you log sleeper in your truck and show that you are at the company yard. I would absolutely take the per diem if your not going home. Didn't Kevin already answer this question on the air? I do this all the time in my operation. Most of the time I have a load on the truck so I would just say I'm required to stay with the truck or load. I've ran beer loads where the truck sat in front of my house for the entire weekend and I was required to stay with the vehicle. I logged sleeper the whole time and took the full per diem. Take the deduction and if audited argue that you are required to stay with the load or truck.

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