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Then I misunderstood. I was thinking in terms of not being able to deduct the costs of a volunteer trip overseas if you have too much fun while you're there. Analogously you wouldn't be able to deduct the total miles for a doc trip if while on it you did something not doc-related. I guess it's not a good analogy.


It's the reason for the trip that governs. How much fun you have is beside the point.

If I go to CA to look at a machine to buy for our business I can deduct the entire trip there and back. If while I'm there I decide to go to Disneyland, I can not deduct that portion of the trip, nor the cost of the hotel, meals, etc. for the extra time I spent not looking at the machine.

It doesn't matter if the time at Disneyland was fun or not...I still can't deduct it.

However, if I go on a trip to Disneyland and while I'm down there I decide to look at a machine for our business I can only deduct the portion of the trip that was additional to the Disneyland trip. If it was 50 miles out of my way, I can only deduct the 50 miles, not the whole trip there and back.

The reason for the trip is the governing factor.

Does that make sense?

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