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Can I deduct the cost of my standing desk?

I purchased a standing desk at my own expense to use in my office (NOT a home office, this is at my employer's headquarters). I did not have a doctor's note, so my employer did not pay to replace my standard desk, I decided to absorb the cost myself. But since this desk (or whatever desk is in my office) is essential to my work, I believe it is deductible. However, the only references I can find are for self-employed people or people with a home office, neither of which apply to me.
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Can I deduct the cost of my standing desk?

You'll have to decide whether the desk meets the criteria.


Generally, the following expenses are deducted on Schedule A (Form 1040), line 21, or Schedule A (Form 1040NR), line 7.

You can deduct only unreimbursed employee expenses that are:

  • Paid or incurred during your tax year,

  • For carrying on your trade or business of being an employee, and

  • Ordinary and necessary.

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