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per diem for wife

my wife rides with me full time,if i pay her 100.00

monthly for paper handling,i can claim per diem on

her.i am owner/op

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Kevin has talked about this multiple times, YOU CAN DEDUCT YOUR WIFE if she is in the truck for any business reason. Paperwork, phone calls, helping with loading/unloading are just a few of the reasons that makes her allowable for per diem. AS LONG AS YOUR AN O/O, I think it would be much more difficult to justify her per diem if you are a company driver.

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Hey, that is what I said above. LOL.

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Yes, your wife can claim per diem. She works everyday with you. So she has reason to be there and a reason to claim it. IE, navigation, search load boards, read the qualcomm, answer the phone... I can think of thousands of other reasons if need be.

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ok, lets see, I know that Sales people can claim per-Diem, no HOS rule applies to them, a Driver claims per-diem based on days away from home traveling for a business purpose... I don't think HOS has anything to do with it!

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HOS has nothing to do with eligibilty for per diem, only the rate allowed. People not under the HOS rule cannot claim $59 per day, nationwide, nor 80%. They must use a chart, published by the Government, and can only deduct 50%.

I suggest you actually read the regs published by the IRS, before you get in trouble with them.

Two things you don't do in life, pull on Superman's cape, or screw with the IRS.

It's your money and $%^ at stake, not ours.

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The way I have heard Kevin explain it, if your wife rides with you she can claim per diem. There are 100's of reasons for her to be in the truck even if she does not drive. You don't have to pay her. If I am wrong, some one please let me know.

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I would say you are pushing the limits to try to claim per diem for your wife riding with to do paperwork I would guess the IRS would say she could accomplish the same job staying at home they seem to like the phrase ordinary and neccesary I don't think that it is ordinary and neccesary to have someone riding with you to do paperwork

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u may be right.would like kevin rutherford to report on this

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If you claim her, don't forget, she's NOT under DOT hours of service regs, so the $59 per day doesn't fly. I'll bet it'll be a real pain to figure out each city, for the correct per diem. Talk to an Accountant and I bet you'll change your mind. May not be what you want to hear, but I bet I'm correct.

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wrong.accountant said no problem.59.00 per day per diem.thanx.

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She is not subject to HOS rule as she is not driving, no $59 per day.

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