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Posted: 2/25/2002 11:34:59 AM EDT
Does anyone know if military uniforms and gear is tax deductible if you did not receive a clothing allowance? I am in the guard, but my unit was activated for 3 months in 2001, if that makes a difference. If it is deductible please let me know where I should enter that. I didn’t see anything on turbo tax that fit it exactly. Would it just be a non reimbursed work expense?
Link Posted: 2/25/2002 11:42:14 AM EDT
military related gear IS tax deductable if you are not receiving a clothing allowance. and it is covered under work related expenses. you should not have any problem in your circumstance
Link Posted: 2/25/2002 12:16:18 PM EDT
Never made enough $$$ or had enough deductions when I was active to itemize my taxes. But I would assume that you should be able to, it should be under job related expenses that were not reimbursed. Try this link [url]http://www.irs.gov/individuals/display/0,,i1%3D1%26genericId%3D14283,00.html[/url] hope this helps.
Link Posted: 2/25/2002 12:46:56 PM EDT
So could I also include the cost of haircuts, and a health club membership as unreimbursed work expenses since I must have a certain length of hair, and must stay physically fit?
Link Posted: 2/25/2002 1:22:02 PM EDT
Originally Posted By HKer: So could I also include the cost of haircuts, and a health club membership as unreimbursed work expenses since I must have a certain length of hair, and must stay physically fit?
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Yes. You can also write off cetain periodical subscriptions, certain field gear, boots, dry cleaning, etc. Depending on your MOS you may be able to write off ammo and firearm purchases (pro rated.) The issue is that you must subtract any clothing allowance first. You also must be prepared to look the man in the eye (Mr. IRS) and justify the expenses. If you keep it plausable it shouldn't be a problem. I would caution not to get too creative.
Link Posted: 2/25/2002 2:00:57 PM EDT
Originally Posted By HKer: So could I also include the cost of haircuts, and a health club membership as unreimbursed work expenses since I must have a certain length of hair, and must stay physically fit?
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From the document xsquid linked to, page 14: "Health Spa Expenses You cannot deduct health spa expenses, even if there is a job requirement to stay in excellent physical condition, such as might be required of a law enforcement officer." -BP
Link Posted: 2/26/2002 11:06:19 AM EDT
Originally Posted By pdm: Depending on your MOS you may be able to write off ammo and firearm purchases (pro rated.) The issue is that you must subtract any clothing allowance first. You also must be prepared to look the man in the eye (Mr. IRS) and justify the expenses. If you keep it plausable it shouldn't be a problem. I would caution not to get too creative.
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So if I am an 11B, light infantry, I might be able to deduct the cost of buying an AR and a few thousand rounds of ammo? Right now we only shoot 200 rounds max per year, which obviously isn't very much. I didn't find anything about that in the doc that xsquid linked. I don't suppose anyone knows what that falls under, or have a link to more info on it?
Link Posted: 2/26/2002 12:26:43 PM EDT
It must be something that is specified in some written form as being a requirement. Being in uniform is easily covered. A clean, pressed uniform: covered. Hair cut within regulation: covered. $1200 bicycle to stay in shape: not covered. You just have to be in shape, a gym is NOT a requirement. Especially since most bases have a free gym for active duty. You can even deduct half of your basic phone bill (that's half of what the cheapest rate is to just have a phone)if you're on a telephone recall status. I was never able to add up enough of these to make a difference on itemization so I didn't bother, but I did verify all of it. If you get audited, you'll need the written requirements (uniform regs, command regs for the recall, etc)to support the claim.
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