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How to Use Work Clothes as a Tax Deduction


Create a special code for expenses related to the purchase and upkeep of work clothes and uniforms and use it throughout the tax year to code all related expenditures, as well as any related reimbursements, in your check register and credit card reports. For example, if you pay for a pair of work shoes by check, you might write "Wk-CL" on the check.


Assemble all records related to the purchase and upkeep of work clothes and uniforms. Total your expenses for the purchase and upkeep of work clothes and uniforms. List the total dollar amount with the words "Work clothes expenses" on the dotted line on line 27 of Schedule A.


Include the the total that you have written on the dotted line on line 27 in the total of this expense. Put any other miscellaneous deductions in the field at the right of line 27.


Complete the rest of Schedule A and file it with your Form 1040.


File your records, documentation and worksheets for this deduction in a well-marked folder or envelope with your other tax records for this year.

Tips and Warnings

  • If you are claiming new work clothes as a tax deduction, you may be eligible for another tax deduction at the other end of the cycle. Consider donating your old or replaced clothes to charity and taking a tax deduction on Schedule A.
  • Deduct any clothing allowance you may receive from your employer or military unit from the total amount you calculate for your work clothes and uniforms.

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