Reddit Gets Taxes Wrong: Never Trust Reddit with Taxes (With Examples)

Millions of people post on reddit every day and get answers to all kinds of questions. Most of those answers are wrong. The person asking just doesn’t know any better, and neither do the people who are voting on the answers.

If you follow a reddit topic you know well, you’ll see that sometimes bad information gets called out. Other times, the bad information gets voted to the top while an actual expert trying to correct it gets shouted down.

This post will show examples of redditors getting taxes confidently incorrect.

You can’t just declare “Business Travel,” Michael.

The original question is fair enough, but the fastest (and highest at time of writing) comment had one big error and missed one nuance.

  • There are rules for whether you’re on business travel. In short, you have to actually be doing business and can’t just “have a meeting” to make it a business trip. If you actually do have some sort of actual business in the same city as the wedding, there are ways to make it a business trip, but that’s not what this answer implied.
  • The deduction from the wedding destination to the conference is problematic. You don’t have to travel from home to get a deduction, but you also can’t subsizde your expensive personal travel by making a business stop. Normally, you’d do what’s in most corporate expense policies: Find out the cost of tickets to and from home, deduct that, and the difference in ticket price from the wedding is a personal expense.

If you make it there, you don’t have to pay it anywhere.

(The Frank Sinatra version is for wins.)

This is just flat out wrong.

All city residents’ income, no matter where it is earned, is subject to New York City personal income tax. Nonresidents of New York City are not liable for New York City personal income tax.

New York State Department of Taxation and Finance

It’s the same in California.

If you are 1) not a resident of California and 2) not doing work in California, they can’t tax you. That’s why California keeps trying to invent rules to say independent contractors providing to California businesses are doing the work where their customer is (in California) instead of where they’re working (in a better state).

That’s all the time for now. If you see reddit making more tax mistakes, drop a link in the comments.

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