Question about taxes.......

  1. Does anyone know if uniforms are a tax deduction as a "Business Expense"? I would think that they are cause it's needed. Any thoughts? Anything else you can claim??
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  3. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    It is my understanding that they are, along with shoes, supplies, seminars, and liscense renewal, but they have to equal a certain percentage of your income. Your tax preparer should know the specifics.
  4. by   fiestynurse
    Absolutely!! Any earnings spent on uniforms, shoes, support hose, nursing magazines, books, seminars(including hotel and travel expenses), licensing, stethescopes,etc. are all tax deductible. I have an envelope that I keep all the receipts in for my tax guy at the end of the year. It really adds up!!
  5. by   DinaR
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  6. by   montroyal
    Originally posted by Future LPN Sheryl
    Does anyone know if uniforms are a tax deduction as a "Business Expense"? I would think that they are cause it's needed. Any thoughts? Anything else you can claim??
    You really need to find a good tax person or tax program for your computure. The laws can and do change yearly. Not only are scrubs deductible, but if your hospital requires you to wear them, they must provide laundry services for them or you can deduct the cost of laundering them. If you are on call or need to have a phone(home or cell) so work can reach you, part of that is deductable. Agency nurses can deduct milage if they pick up their check daily(at the agency's office) after working at a hospital. You can also deduct any nursing literature you subscribe to. The list goes on and on. While working as an agency nurse, my federal tax return averaged 15-20 pages long each year with my federal return always being over $4000.00. It is worth the time and effort to ensure you receive what you are due.
  7. by   louloubell1
    Last year when my hubby and I went to have our taxes done, we were told that the amount you spend on these items during the year must be equal or greater than 7% of your income for you to deduct it. If that's right, that's several thousands of dollars & I know I don't spend that much on uniforms.

    My husband said that he thought he remembered us being told too that in order to take deductions like that, you had to own a home. I don't know. I don't remember that part. I'm sure glad there are people you can pay to do your tax stuff for you, because it is all too confusing for me.

    Lou
    Convicted of placenta previa & serving time on couch arrest ~day 10

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