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Top 3 Travel Nurses Tax Deductions You Should Know About

Top 3 Travel Nurses Tax Deductions You Should Know About

Tax is not something anyone likes to pay. Taxpayers grumble when it's time to remit taxes because of the paperwork. Filing taxes is also a daunting process and a hassle. A typical travel nurse has no time, usually on shift or moving. Nurses often have nothing left after filing taxes and paying other debts. But there are ways to enjoy tax deductions as a travel nurse. 

And below are some tips on how to achieve these benefits.

Who is a travel nurse?

Travel nurses are usually on short assignments, working 13 to 26 weeks in different parts of the country. The nurses are similar to freelancers, working for different employers all year round. The nurses benefit as much as the community they serve. They are not considered full-time staff but hired to fill a position for a certain period in a facility. It creates an opportunity to adventure the country while enjoying tax benefits. However, let's consider the three primary travel nurses' tax deductions to explore. 

Work clothes

Travel nurses are often fond of changing work clothing because the IRS considers their scrubs uniform. The cost of obtaining the scrubs can be deducted from their taxes. Scrubs are work uniforms, and it makes sense to change them, especially for medical personnel. 

Some nurses use the uniform for all functions essential to the profession. However, you must not dispose of non-reimbursable uniforms. You cannot deduct clothes taxes if your employer reimburses you for the uniform.

Education & Training

Training and education expenses can be deducted from your taxes as travel nurses. The program is considered continuing education (CE) to renew or keep your license to maintain employment opportunities. However, you can't have such benefits if you run an education program to transition to a new job. 

In other words, you cannot deduct tuition fees from your taxes during your program. However, the government has initiated some programs to lessen the discomfort, such as IRS: American Opportunity Tax Credit and IRS: Lifetime Learning Credit (LLC).

Vehicle Mileage & Travel Expenses

Traveling for travel nurses, whether for jobs or events, is deductible in tax. You are allowed to reduce as much as $0.54/mile plus other business expenses of the travel. Some nurses use tracking apps to monitor their mileage and expenses to ensure accurate readings. 

The apps record and calculate the amount of money spent during the trip, which is stored in the system for personal or business use. 

Keep receipts for everything!

However, these tax deductions need to be convincing. You must show proof of each expense to the IRS to prove your point. All receipts, such as coffee, food, bike, flight, etc., must be shown together with the filing. Remember to input your monthly receipt to increase your choices of deductions. Travel nurses usually use spreadsheet templates or apps to calculate and record expenses. 


How do travel nurses get paid?

The payment is different from the usual traditional method. Generally, full-time nurses get a taxable income from their employer, while travel nurses, on the other hand, are paid based on rates and reimbursement or allowance from the employer. These benefits may be tax-free if you're working in your tax home. Your tax home is the resident of your primary workplace, which may differ from your home. 

Hiring a professional is the best way to go about these tax deductions. A professional will reduce the weight on your shoulder, letting you focus on your work. Moving around is not easy and can require full attention to make the most of your trip.


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