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    Mix of rumours and facts at work. does anyone know the definitive answer for how much if any you can deduct for your food expenses when on a 24 hour shift. What are the specifics as far as record keeping etc.
    27 years and still having a great time in the back of the truck :-)

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    This has been covered before-short answer, NO. Further advice here:

    http://forums.firehouse.com/showthre...eduction+meals

    http://forums.firehouse.com/showthre...eduction+meals

    7.1) Question: Can firemen who provide their own meals at their 24 hour shifts deduct the meal per diem? Are there any special rules for fire fighter's meals?

    Answer: Fire fighters who work at their regular fire station(s) are not entitled to any meal expense deduction even if they work a 24 hour shift. This was established through Rev Rule 55-49 which held that fire fighters are not "away from their tax home" when they work at their regular post of duty regardless of the number of hours worked. The special rule for fire fighter meals deals with meals that are provided by the employer as a fringe benefit. Code section 119 excludes employer provided meals from taxable income if over half of the employees are furnished meals, at work, for the convenience of the employer. Another part of this special rule affects the employer of fire fighters. Since this provision was in effect before 1998, the employer's deduction for the meals is not subject to the 50% meal and entertainment expense limitation.
    http://www.auburn.edu/outreach/tax/qa04.htm

    Although it states "Rev Rule 55-49", I believe it was actually meant to state Rev Rule 56-49...
    http://www.taxlinks.com/rulings/1956/revrul56-49.htm
    or search for other rules...
    http://www.taxlinks.com/rulings/fin...evrulmaster.htm

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    Thanks very much for that quick and very definitive answer.
    27 years and still having a great time in the back of the truck :-)

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