Did you know that your uniform costs could qualify you for a tax deduction? That’s right: for firefighters, police officers, and other law enforcement personnel, if you spend your own money buying uniforms, you may be able to deduct those expenses on your tax return. For firefighters, this includes protective equipment such as goggles and boots.
For your uniform to qualify as a tax deduction, the following must be true:
- Employer requires you to wear the uniform.
- The uniform is not adaptable to street wear. (Usually, having the employer’s emblem attached is enough to meet this qualification.)
Remember, for uniform and other expenses to be deductible, your employer cannot reimburse you for those expenses. If your employer pays for, or reimburses you for, uniform expenses, those costs should not be included on your tax return.
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