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I have just been elected to the state legislature. As NH looks upon its legislators as part time participants, the pay is only nominal -- $100 a year. While the state does cover mileage and some expenses, there will be additional costs that will come out of my pocket. Can these be deducted as "business expenses?" Thanks.

Bill
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I am assuming you will be paid on W-2 as an employee. In that case you can take your business expenese on the Form 2106.

However, you election expenses are not deductiable because those would be job hunting expenses for a new occupantion. The next time you run for re-election for the same office, those expenses will be deductiable becuause you have already established yourself as politician in that office.
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