No. The "miscellaneous expense" deduction for tax preparation was eliminated by the tax laws that changed for 2018 and beyond.
Even if I itemize deductions? It's still a question being asked in my 2019 version of TurboTax, where it says that if I spent more than 2% of my AGI, it can qualify. Having had to pay nearly $3000 for an accountant to do my (complicated) UK taxes means I'd certainly qualify -- if I can count tax prep for foreign countries. I haven't downloaded the 2020 version yet.
Tax year 2017 was the last year that you could use the 2% of AGI floor for deducting tax preparation costs along with a number of other miscellaneous itemized deductions. Quite a few of those deductions were eliminated when the tax laws changed for 2018 and beyond, Please click the link already provided to you and read about some of those changes.
Users who are self-employed can enter it on their Schedule C.
And there are some states that still allow certain itemized deductions on state returns, so the software still allows them to be entered so that they can flow to state returns.
It's still in the program because it can be used for state. If you click on Start by Tax Prep Deduction you should get this screen from my 2019 Desktop program. Did you see this? Is your program updated?
Yes, thanks, I see that on my state screen. (I check updates every time I log on.) I guess I'll just assume it will flow appropriately! My question remains though: can I deduct (if my state is one that allows it) the cost of preparing FOREIGN taxes?
Wow! I'm surprised that TurboTax is still including it in 2019's software then! Seems like an easy way to have people make some serious mistakes in filing their taxes!
Several states have not adopted the Federal tax laws that eliminated the Federal credit but it is still allowed in those states on the state tax return. Since all state itemized deductions flow from the Federal worksheets, in order to get the state credit, it must be entered in the Federal section .
That is only one of several credits eliminated for 2018-2025 on the Federal return but still allowed for certain states.
The Federal Schedule A (itemized deductions) for line 16 has a state only worksheet.