Work Expenses as Tax Deductions

Work Expenses as Tax Deductions

You can deduct certain expenses as miscellaneous, itemized tax deductions subject to the 2% of adjusted gross income limit. These expenses must fulfill one of these purposes: 

The following expenses can be deducted for the purposes above only if they are reasonably and closely related to these purposes: 

Appraisal fees can be deducted if you pay them for a casualty loss or the fair market value of donated property.

A casualty is the complete or partial destruction of property resulting from an identifiable event of a sudden, unexpected, or unusual nature. It must be due to external cause, rather than to a defect in the product itself.  A theft is the unlawful taking of property.  A casualty or theft loss, as a miscellaneous itemized deduction, can be deducted, but is subject to the 2% limit if the damaged or stolen property was used for performing services as an employee. Please note that due to tax reform beginning with 2018 returns, casualty and theft losses can only be claimed if they are from a federally declared disaster area.

If you have office expenses, such as rent and clerical help, in connection with your investments and collect the taxable income on them, they may be deducted.

Due to tax reform and beginning with 2018 returns, legal fees are no longer deductible. The following is for 2017 and earlier returns.

You can generally deduct legal expenses that are paid to produce or collect taxable income or that you pay in relation to the collection or refund of any tax. These legal expenses can also be deducted:

You can deduct expenses of resolving tax issues relating to profit or loss from business, rentals or royalties, or farm income and expenses on the appropriate schedule.  

If you had to repay an amount that you included in your income from an earlier year, you may be able to deduct what you repaid. If you had to repay ordinary income of $3,000 or less, the deduction is subject to the 2% limit.

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