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Do traveling and business expense payments count as wages?

Excerpted from "Social Security Handbook". See the up-to-date, official Social Security Handbook at ssa.gov.

1332. Do traveling and business expense payments count as wages?

Travel and business expense payments you receive as reimbursement for business expenses you incur as part of furthering your employer's business count as wages if:

  1. Your employer does not require you to verify the expenses; or

  2. You can keep any amount in excess of the verifiable expenses.

Expenditures for your personal use are not business expenses.

Last Revised: March, 2001

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