Category Archives: Employee Business Expenses

Research Grants

Today TaxMama® hears from a couple of people in the TaxQuips Forum, with similar questions. The second one combines both person’s concerns. “My wife is a graduate student who received a few research grants this year. Some of them want to give the money directly to her instead of through the university, and have asked […]

Job Search Expenses Can be Tax Deductible

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Serivce [TaxMama note: For the most part, if you cannot itemize your deductions, you’ll have a hard time using these.] Summertime is the season that often leads to major life decisions, such as buying a home, moving or a job change. If you are looking for a new job that […]

Job Expenses

Today TaxMama® hears from Lori in the TaxQuips Forum with a case of wishful thinking. “I have a couple of clients that have an average of $3,000 worth of employee expense deductions. None of them itemize on Schedule A. Can I still take the standard deduction, plus a negative amount (from form 2106) on 1040 […]

Employee Business Expenses

Courtesy of the IRS Some employees may be able to deduct certain work-related expenses. The following facts from the IRS can help you determine which expenses are deductible as an employee business expense. You must be itemizing deductions on IRS Schedule A to qualify. Expenses that qualify for an itemized deduction generally include: 

Missing Hotel Receipts

Today TaxMama® hears from Tim in the TaxQuips Forum with this question. “A relative was sent by his company to work far away from home in different places for weeks at a time. He was given a nonaccountable per diem that was included in Box 1 of his W-2. He did not save the hotel […]

Deducting Uniforms

  Today TaxMama® hears from our friend Kristi who is starting a new job. “My new job requires me to wear brown pants and either a certain green or blue shirt.  I would only wear these clothes for work.  Does that qualify as a uniform?”  

Commuting or Mileage

Today TaxMama hears from Guy in the TaxQuips Forum with an interesting situation. “My wife took a part time job at the local community college campus about two miles from our house in 2010. Once every week or two she would travel to the campus at another town about 40 miles away. For this travel […]