The IRS imposes stringent record keeping requirements on taxpayers who deduct expenses relating to business travel and entertainment (T&E), including meals, and electronic devices like cellphones. This includes employees who use personal assets to accommodate their employer and are paid on a non-accountable plan. If you do not have the required proof, our deductions may be denied completely.
A non-accountable plan is defined as a fixed payment you receive from your employer to cover the use of your cell phone, auto, home expenses, etc. The payment you receive is included on your Form W-2 in your annual income subject to income taxes as well as Social Security and Medicare taxes. The expenses you incur are deducted on form 2016 which is then reported on Schedule A of your individual income tax return. Unfortunately, you may not get the full benefit of the expenses you incur due to the limitations imposed on unreimbursed employee expenses.
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