Job-related expenses for employees are no longer deductible on most people’s federal return in tax years 2018 through 2025 due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) that Congress passed and the President signed into law on December 22, 2017.
Miscellaneous deductions subject to the 2% limit, including unreimbursed job expenses (reported on Form 2106) have been repealed for tax years 2018–2025. Affected deductions include:
- Job-search expenses
- Home office†
- Union dues†
- Work-related travel, mileage, and transportation (including DOT per diem)†
- Work-related meals, entertainment, gifts, and lodging†
- Work-related tools and supplies†
- Specialized clothing or uniforms†
- Work-related education†
- Investment fees and expenses
- Safe-deposit box rental fees
- Depreciation on computers used for work† or investments
- Membership in professional societies†
- Subscriptions to professional journals or trade magazines†
- Licenses and regulatory fees†
- Malpractice insurance†
- Tax-preparation fees†
- Tax advice fees†
- Educator expenses in excess of $250
- Appraisal fees for casualty losses or donations
- Hobby expenses
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You will not be able to deduct professional license fees for 2020, unless you are a Armed Forces reservist, qualified performing artist, fee-basis state or local government official, or an employee with impairment-related work expenses.
If you are in one of the above professions, you can enter your information in Form 2106 by following these steps in TurboTax:
- Open your return.
- Search Form 2106 with the magnifying glass tool at the top of the page.
- Click the Jump to 2106 link in the search results.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to input your information.