Can you accept travel nursing jobs near your permanent residence? As I understand it, this is really a tax question and I certainly am not a tax professional.
Here is what I mean. One of the benefits of taking a travel nursing assignment is that the agency will generally provide you with either fully paid housing or a stipend. It is my understanding that you can receive this money or benefit tax free since you are required to live away from “home” for this job.
A lot of people say travel nursing jobs need to be 50 miles from home to qualify for this but I think that is a gray area, as I cannot find any mile requirement when looking it up in the tax code. You really need to ask your tax professional about this but I do think it is pretty clear that you cannot live in your normal permanent residence and receive that money tax free. The one I have checked with (who specializes in travel nurses) says the code basically says that if the job is far enough to need you to stay overnight.
I have had nurses who “commuted” to the job from their home base for 3×12 shifts and stayed in motorhomes or Extended Stay America facilities then headed home for the days off.