The TCJA suspended Form 2106 Deductions through 2024 for most taxpayers. However, Form 2106 will be used by Armed Forces reservists, qualified performing artists, fee-basis state or local government officials, and employees with impairment-related work expenses. Reservist eligibility is outlined below. Due to the suspension of miscellaneous itemized deductions subject to the 2% floor under section 67(a), employees who do not fit into one of the listed categories may not use Form 2106. Please refer to IRS Publication 463 for detailed instructions of allowable expenses.
Reservist Qualifying Expenses
If you are a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States (Army, Naval, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard Reserve, the Army National Guard of the United States, the Air National Guard of the United States, or the Reserve Corps of the Public Health Service), and you have expenses for travel more than 100 miles away from home in connection with your performance of services as a member of the reserves, you can deduct your travel expenses as an adjustment to gross income. The amount of expenses deductible as an adjustment is limited to the regular federal per diem rate (for lodging, meals, and incidental expenses) and the standard mileage rate (for car expenses) plus any parking fees, ferry fees, and tolls. Include all unreimbursed expenses from the time you leave home until your return home. The deduction is limited to the amount the federal government generally reimburses its employees for travel expenses. For tax years prior to 2018 only, any expenses in excess of these amounts can be claimed only as a miscellaneous itemized deduction subject to the 2% limit on Schedule A, Form 1040.
To enter the business expenses of reservists in TaxSlayer Pro, from the Main Menu of the Tax Return (Form 1040) select:
- Business Expenses of Reservists (2106)
Note: This is a guide on entering Business Expenses of Reservists into the TaxSlayer Pro program. This is not intended as tax advice. For additional information refer to the Additional Information below.