It's An Employee Business Expense

Mark is trying to determine when it's time to itemize. He had to commute to California for work and had several plane tickets in 2010. Norm Rollins explains how to handle this.

QUESTION: Mark in Orlando is trying to determine when it’s time to itemize. He had to commute to California for work and had several plane tickets in 2010. As a computer consultant, he also had a lot of other expenses. Mark is married. Norm explains how to handle this.

ANSWER: Pull Form 2106—that’s Employee Business Expense—and the key is that the jobit was temporary and wasn’t your permanent change of address. File 2106, take it over to Schedule A, and it becomes what we call a miscellaneous itemized deduction. So certainly, you will itemize, and then of course, you can add in your charitable contributions and anything else you ordinarily take as an itemized deduction.

You can run it both ways and determine whether to itemize or not.