Travel Expenses: What Can and Can’t be Deducted – A Humorous and Informative Guide

Setting The Scene: Jefferson Campground in New Hampshire

Hello, fellow entrepreneurs, legacy-builders, and stewards of family businesses! So, you’ve invested in a campground, eh? What an adventure! Who wouldn’t want to combine work with the great outdoors?

The Wilderness of Campground Accounting

But let’s face it, when it comes to accounting, the journey can feel more like a trek through the Amazon without a compass. Fear not, your trusty guide, Donna, is here to navigate you through the wilderness of campground accounting.

The First Rule of Travel Deduction Club

The first rule of Travel Deduction Club: The travel must be for business purposes. “But Donna,” I hear you cry, “what if I mix business and pleasure?”

Mixing Business and Pleasure

Fear not, my intrepid explorers, you can still deduct your travel expenses. But, just like a delicious campfire s’more, there’s a method to the madness. You must prorate the business travel so that you’re not deducting a full trip.

Tracking Your Mileage

And what about mileage? Well, unless you’ve invented a teleportation device, you’re going to need to keep track of those miles. We recommend using an app like MileIQ.

Entertainment Costs Are Not Deductible

Now, before you get too excited and start planning a business-related safari or Super Bowl trip, hold your horses! Entertainment costs are no longer deductible since 2021.

Wrapping Up Our Journey

As we wrap up our journey, remember, there’s more to taxes than being on time, and there’s more to life than business. So, go ahead, press play on your bigger ideas, breathe life into your campground ownership, and never miss an opportunity, experience, exploration, or understanding.

Stay Tuned for More Adventures in Taxland

Stay tuned for our next exciting installment where we’ll talk about that other tantalizing topic – meal expenses. Until then, happy trails, and remember, every dollar squeezed out of travel expenses is a dollar saved for your next big adventure!

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Donna Bordeaux, CPA with Campground Accounting

Creativity and CPAs don’t generally go together. Most people think of CPAs as nerdy accountants who can’t talk with people. Well, it’s time to break that stereotype. Lively, friendly, and knowledgeable can be a part of your relationship with your CPA, as demonstrated by Donna and Chad Bordeaux. They have over 50 years of combined experience as entrepreneurial CPAs. They’ve owned businesses and helped business owners exceed their wildest dreams. They have been able to help businesses earn many times more profit than the average business in the same industry and are passionate about helping industries that help families build great memories.

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