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Old 02-25-2006, 11:29 AM   #1
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Default Can I write off dress shoes on my taxes?

Someone told me that I can write off all of my dress clothes (shirts, ties, pants, socks, and shoes) as a work-related expense on my taxes. Is there any restriction on that other than having the receipts to back it up?

I've worn out my old pair and I want to buy some new ones I just want to make sure I can use it as a deduction. The only time I use these shoes is for work.
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Old 02-25-2006, 11:30 AM   #2
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In Canada you can't, and I'd be pretty sure you couldn't in the US either. Everybody needs to get dressed, what you were doesn't matter to the government.

Why don't you post this question in the taxtime thread?
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Old 02-25-2006, 11:32 AM   #3
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You can only write off clothing if you can claim it is for safety purposes.
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Old 02-25-2006, 11:35 AM   #4
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You can only write off clothing if you can claim it is for safety purposes.
Is job security considered safety?
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Old 02-25-2006, 11:36 AM   #5
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You can only write off clothing if you can claim it is for safety purposes.
I believe if it's part of a required work uniform, and can't be worn as regular street clothes, it'd also qualify.

I think you'd have a hard time making the case for dress shoes.
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Old 02-25-2006, 11:36 AM   #6
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How about transportation to work? I bought some cold-weather cycling gear to bike commute to work in the cold months.
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Old 02-25-2006, 11:38 AM   #7
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You can only write off clothing if you can claim it is for safety purposes.
I believe if it's part of a required work uniform, and can't be worn as regular street clothes, it'd also qualify.

I think you'd have a hard time making the case for dress shoes.
Woo hoo! I am good!

Publication 529 says you can deduct:

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Old 02-25-2006, 11:38 AM   #8
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But steel toe work boots can be claimed if your job requires it, right?
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Old 02-25-2006, 11:38 AM   #9
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How about transportation to work? I bought some cold-weather cycling gear to bike commute to work in the cold months.
Are you gonna write off your bike, helmet, car, etc too?
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But steel toe work boots can be claimed if your job requires it, right?
Only if "not suitable for everyday use."
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Old 02-25-2006, 11:41 AM   #11
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How about transportation to work? I bought some cold-weather cycling gear to bike commute to work in the cold months.
Not a chance, IMO.

Firstly, regular commuting costs are not deductible. Second, the bike isn't required for your commute and would probably be viewed as a recreation expense.

But it all comes down to the IRS auditor and what the rules say. I'd research the rules carefully. Frankly, I'd be surprised if you could find a rule to make this a justified deduction.
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How about transportation to work? I bought some cold-weather cycling gear to bike commute to work in the cold months.
Not a chance, IMO.

Firstly, regular commuting costs are not deductible. Second, the bike isn't required for your commute and would probably be viewed as a recreation expense.

But it all comes down to the IRS auditor and what the rules say. I'd research the rules carefully. Frankly, I'd be surprised if you could find a rule to make this a justified deduction.
AFAIK there's no way. Wishful thiknking on my part. It's annoying that there are ways to save on mass transit through taxes ("Transitchek" here in NYC) but not for bike commuting.

Edit: Transitchek, not Transitcheck
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Old 02-25-2006, 12:08 PM   #13
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But steel toe work boots can be claimed if your job requires it, right?
Only if "not suitable for everyday use."
Let's hope steel toed boots don't become a hot new trend!
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Old 02-25-2006, 12:11 PM   #14
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I deducted 10 dollars worth of uniform expenses for last year. We had polo shirts that certainly were NOT able to be used outside of work.
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Old 02-25-2006, 12:12 PM   #15
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Oh...I don't know...HOW ABOUT YOU POST THIS IN THE TAX THREAD THAT IS STICKIED ON THE TOP OF THE FORUM?!?!???
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Old 02-25-2006, 12:14 PM   #16
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You can deduct anything you would like to explain to the auditor that visits you...
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I deducted 10 dollars worth of uniform expenses for last year. We had polo shirts that certainly were NOT able to be used outside of work.
Where do you work? A porno studio?
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Old 02-25-2006, 09:58 PM   #18
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Oh, and for any Canadians reading this thread, uniforms and clothing are not tax deductible here. Neither are things like safety boots. That said, the employer can probably get away w/ expensing them if they buy them.
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Old 02-25-2006, 10:13 PM   #19
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Neither are things like safety boots. That said, the employer can probably get away w/ expensing them if they buy them.
Yeah. I was able to expense the safety boots I needed for work.
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