- Fees paid to employment agencies and executive recruiters
- Cost of typing, printing and mailing resumes
- Cost of assembling portfolios of work
- Transportation costs to job interviews
- Newspapers and business publications bought for employment ads
- Out-of-town travel expenses, including meals, lodging, local transportation as long as the main reason for your trip is to look for a new job.
- If you travel for personal reasons, none of the travel expenses are deducible, but out-of-pocket job hunting expenses at your destination are still deductible.
- Be required as a condition of employment AND
- NOT be adaptable to everyday, general wear
- Uniforms of professional athletes, firefighters, police, nurses, jockeys
- Special shoes, shirts, ties, hats with a company logo or other clothing designed strictly for the workplace
- Protective clothing such as safety boots, safety glasses, hard hats and safety gloves
- Special theatrical clothing if not suitable for everyday general wear
a. What are you giving away (Describe each item.)
b. What condition is each item? (Good? Excellent? New?)
c. What is this thing worth today? (Use garage sale or thrift store values.)
d. How many of each type of thing are you giving away?
e. What is the name and address of the charitable organization?
f. What is the date of this contribution? (Note each date you donate.)2. Take a photo of what you are giving away to support the list you are making. We know a picture is worth a thousand words, but you need the list, too. This list is required when your non-cash contributions are more than $500. But even if your non-cash contributions are $500 or less, the IRS can still audit your deduction. Protect yourself. Protect your wallet. Protect your deduction. Make all the contributions you want. Don’t let the tax laws turn you into a “Grinch”. If you feel this is too much work for you, you can skip the paperwork. But if you choose to skip the paperwork, you should skip the deduction, too.