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  1. I just accepted a new position as a 1099 independent contractor for a home-visit practice where I earn about $50/visit. I will be mostly mobile, traveling to private residences, ALF's, nursing homes, etc. My question is what are some of the things I need to keep track of for the 2018 year? I have researched online and found many things that independent contractors can use for tax deductions, but nothing specific for medical providers and physician assistants, in particular. Some of the obvious ones to me are: 1. Car Mileage - I plan on keeping record of every route I take at work 2. Supplies - things that the practice may not provide for that I would need for work 3. CME - i'm assuming any type of conferences I plan on doing this year I have a credit card designated for these purchases. Things I am unsure about: A. Gas for car - I plan on keeping track of when I fill up; does this count? B. Car payment - one of my cars is paid off, my other one (which I won't be using majority of the time) still has payments on it but my wife drives it. Can I write these payments off as an expense? C. Meals at work - there will be times where I will be eating on the go; I will have a Medical Assistant and I'm assuming we will be discussing [some] work at our lunch. Can I deduct this as an expense? D. Licensing/Professional Organizations - Do these payments count towards deductions? What about a DEA license? Any other things that I have not thought of? I'm new to the 1099 game but I kind of like the idea. Also, my wife is a W2 employee, does that complicate things?
  2. Does anyone out there have any experience or information with making payments on your student loan interest while in PA school and then deducting the interest you paid on your taxes?
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