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Can I deduct job related expenses?

If you are itemizing your deductions, rather than taking the standard deduction, you can generally deduct expenses related to your job. This includes a broad category of items, including dues and subscription fees, some types of uniforms and work clothes, expenses related to some job searches, some local transportation costs, some home office expenses and some expenses for work-related education. In addition, you can also deduct certain job expenses related to travel, meals and client development and entertainment.

Most job-related expenses are subject to the so-called 2% floor for miscellaneous deductions, which means that only the amount of your total miscellaneous deductions that exceed 2% of your adjusted gross income may be deducted. The 2% reduction, if it applies to your situation, also limits the amount of job related expenses you can ultimately deduct.