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If I had to dry clean my clothes for work can I write that off?

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HelenaC
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If I had to dry clean my clothes for work can I write that off?

 You can deduct the cost and upkeep of work clothes if the following two requirements are met:

  1. You must wear them as a condition of your employment and
  2. The clothes aren't suitable for everyday wear.

Examples of workers who may be able to deduct the cost and upkeep of work clothes are:

  • delivery workers,
  •  firefighters,
  • health care workers,
  •  law enforcement officers,
  •  letter carriers,
  •  professional athletes,
  •  and transportation workers (air, rail, bus, etc.). See 2016 Publication 529 - IRS.gov . 
  • Exceptions: Military uniforms can be used off duty, so are not a guaranteed deduction unless the rules prevent you from wearing them outside of work. If you receive a clothing allowance or other type of reimbursement, then you must reduce your deductible expense by the amount of allowance you receive.

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HelenaC
New Member

If I had to dry clean my clothes for work can I write that off?

 You can deduct the cost and upkeep of work clothes if the following two requirements are met:

  1. You must wear them as a condition of your employment and
  2. The clothes aren't suitable for everyday wear.

Examples of workers who may be able to deduct the cost and upkeep of work clothes are:

  • delivery workers,
  •  firefighters,
  • health care workers,
  •  law enforcement officers,
  •  letter carriers,
  •  professional athletes,
  •  and transportation workers (air, rail, bus, etc.). See 2016 Publication 529 - IRS.gov . 
  • Exceptions: Military uniforms can be used off duty, so are not a guaranteed deduction unless the rules prevent you from wearing them outside of work. If you receive a clothing allowance or other type of reimbursement, then you must reduce your deductible expense by the amount of allowance you receive.

Carl
Level 15

If I had to dry clean my clothes for work can I write that off?

In other words, a uniform that is a condition of employment or continued employment.
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