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Are Travel Expenses Associated With My Taking Courses To Maintain My Job Skills Deductible?

Yes. If the courses qualify as deductible educational expenses to improve and maintain your job skills, then the local transportation and travel away from home are deductible. The costs of transportation from your job to school is fully deductible and from school back home is deductible only if school is considered to be on a temporary basis (school will last 1 year or less is temporary basis). The deductible educational expenses will be taken on Form 2106 or on Schedule A, as a miscellaneous deduction subject to the 2% limitation.

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