Are My Work Boots Tax-Deductible?

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Are My Work Boots Tax-Deductible?

Are My Work Boots Tax-Deductible?

If your employer doesn't already help offset the cost of your work boots, you should see if they're tax-deductible instead. In order to qualify as a deduction, they must be considered mandatory for your job and unsuitable for everyday wear. OSHA requires employers to provide the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to their workers.

However, if you purchase your own specialty footwear for work, it IS in fact tax-deductible. To ensure you're prepared come tax season, remember to save your receipts and keep a copy of your employer's work wear policy. Then, when it's time to do your taxes, you can include the costs with other Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions on the Schedule A attachment to your tax return.

Remember to always speak with your accountant before making any tax-related decisions.