Why is the D.O.T. important to flight crew tax preparation?
The D.O.T. (Department of Transportation) is the government agency that sets the hours of service limits for individuals subject to the D.O.T. rules. All pilots, flight attendants, dispatchers, mechanics and control tower operators are under the D.O.T. rules. As such, pilots and flight attendants can either use the special rate for transportation workers or city-by-city meal calculation method described in IRS Publication 463. Both methods are appropriate for pilots and flight attendants to calculate their per diem deduction, and both methods are simultaneously checked when a .