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Understanding Per Diem Tax Law for Travel Nursing or Therapy Professionals

Trying to stay up to date on the latest tax laws and information?

Now that Tax Day has come and gone and summer is here, you might not be thinking about opportunities for tax breaks and write-offs. But, the Internal Revenue Service recently released a publication detailing the latest tax information for travel and per diem healthcare professionals. This document, Publication 1542, is available only at, and is updated regularly throughout the year with the latest calculated per diem rates.

Here’s what you should know:

The IRS updates this document frequently to ensure employers of per diem travel professionals are within the legal federal limits for rates, without treating part of the allowance as wages (which would affect your, and your employer’s taxes).

The most recent report, released April 1, 2011, demonstrates a changed maximum per diem rate for certain locations in California, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

Save or print this travel therapist tax resource PDF, to ensure you are staying within the required limits, and to prevent any surprises at tax time. This detailed, 43-page report, provides per diem rate information for cities and states across the country.

Feeling a bit overwhelmed with all this information?
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