Our CPA (Certified Public Accountant) Advice: Spouse Deductions for Business Trips

Show that there is a business reason for why your spouse accompanied you on a business trip and you can deduct the cost of his or her trip.
Here’s what to do if your spouse travels with you to a business meeting, a convention, or other business event.
  • Make sure your spouse understands your job responsibilities.
  • See that your spouse discusses the event’s general business purpose with other spouses who attend. Be sure that spouses are invited to business event functions such as dinners and seminars.
  • Have all your meals with business colleagues and bring your spouse. Be sure that business is discussed at these meals and that your spouse takes part in the discussions.
  • Have your spouse write you a memo with business suggestions based on information gained at the business event.
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