Can I deduct union dues, and where do I enter them in TurboTax?
This article is valid for tax year 2017. As a result of tax reform legislation, the union dues deduction will be suspended starting in tax year 2018. See the complete list of affected deductions at Which federal tax deductions have been suspended by tax reform?
If you're self-employed, you can enter your union dues as a Schedule C business expense.
Otherwise, if you're an employee, enter your union dues as a job-related expense. Simply search for union dues in your TurboTax program and then click the "Jump to" link in the search results. We'll take you to a screen that asks about your job-related expenses.
Continue following the on-screen instructions, and eventually you'll come to the Job-Related Expenses screen. Here's where you enter your union dues plus initiation fees. You can include assessments for benefits paid to unemployed union members, but not the portion that provides funds for sick, accident, or death benefits.
Note: Job-related expenses (including union dues) are not fully deductible, as they are subject to the 2% rule. More info