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your expenses? An excerpt from IRS document 463 pro- vides some clarification: “You can deduct all of your travel expenses if your trip was entirely business-related. If your trip was primarily for business and, while at your business destination, you extended your stay for a vacation, made a personal side trip, or had other personal activities, you can deduct only your business-related travel expenses.” It’s important to keep careful records about your jour- ney, allocating correctly between business and personal time. “My overall tip is to be truthful,” says Catherine Raker, an accountant with Cendrowski Corporate Advisors, Chi- cago ( ). “If it’s really a personal trip and you do some business-related activities don’t write the whole trip off as a business expense.” Expenses that are shared for business and vacation can fall into a grey area, according to Cawley. “Your airline fare might be disallowed if you spend two days of your trip on business and five days on vacation. On the other hand, your hotel bill for the specific two business days, and oth- er direct expenses for the business portion of your trip, would still be deductible.” Personal time often means the presence of a spouse— and expenses related to that individual’s travel can com- plicate record keeping. Ordinarily such expenses must be separated from those of the business traveler and may not be deducted. There is one exception: “If you are traveling

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