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Using per diem rates in QB Self-Employed



I am a contractor that travels and does not get reimbursed for meals.  I want to use the GSA per diem rates in Schedule-C for dates I am on a project, but I cannot find how to record this in QB Self-Employed.  Do I not have the appropriate QB to record this?

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Using per diem rates in QB Self-Employed

Hello there, @Anonymous.


I'd like to take this opportunity to share some information on how to record your meal expenses in QuickBooks.


To start with, QuickBooks Self-Employed is used to track your self-employed business related transactions. Currently, the ability to track your meal expenses using GSA Per Diem rate is not yet available.


What you can do is to record the entire amount you spent in your self-employed business travel and meal expenses and categorized it using the available categories in the system. These transactions will be included in the calculation of your estimated quarterly taxes. You may visit IRS FAQ's Reimbursed Meal Expense for additional insights.


For you to be guided accurately in deciding the proper categories for your transactions, I'd suggest consulting with your accountant. You can also visit TurboTax AnswerXchange for tax-related questions.


Please don't hesitate to visit us here in the Community if you have other questions about recording your transactions. I'm here to help. 

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