Understanding the rules

Many taxpayers are required to maintain a certain personal appearance or wear special clothing for work. However, not all your purchases for work-related attire or personal grooming reap a tax deduction. If you are required to wear a uniform or other special clothing that has the name of your employer or some other logo on it, that cost is deductible as a miscellaneous itemized deduction.


Other employees, such as models, flight attendants, or other professionals who are required to maintain a highly professional, well-groomed appearance, may find that the cost of their expensive clothing and cosmetics will not save tax dollars. Even if your employer tells you that you must wear certain clothing, if it is not in the nature of a uniform, the cost is personal.

Remember, the general rule of thumb is that if the clothing is suitable for every-day wear, it's not deductible.

Tax Tips Small Business

  • Turning Interest Payments Into Tax Deductions

    Make interest payments work for you, not against you

    You can deduct business-related interest on your business return if you used the borrowed funds to purchase business supplies, equipment, services, etc. Co-mingling business and personal expenses makes it difficult to determine what amount of the interest is business versus personal. If this happens, the IRS may consider the entire amount as nondeductible personal interest and disallow the deduction. Therefore, keep all business purchases made with loans and credit cards clearly separate from your personal expenses. Use a separate credit card for your business to make it easier.

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Small Business Quick Tip

  • DOT Hours of Service

    Truck drivers and other employees who are subject to the Department of Transportation's "hours of service" rules are allowed to deduct 80 percent of their meals in 2016. In lieu of using actual expenses for meals and incidental expenses, you can deduct the federal rate of $63 per day.
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Tax Tips Personal

  • Tax Break for Reservists Called to Active Duty

    Penalty-free withdrawals from retirement plans

    If you are a reservist or national guardsman who was ordered or called to active duty for a period in excess of 179 days, you may withdraw money from your qualified retirement plan or IRA without incurring the 10% premature distribution penalty.

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Personal Quick Tip

  • Sales Tax Deduction

    The optional sales tax deduction has been extended for the 2016 tax year. This means you can elect to deduct your state sales tax in lieu of your state income tax when you itemize deductions.