Small Business Taxes & Management

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Job Expenses and Miscellaneous Deductions

 

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Many taxpayers can't deduct miscellaneous itemized expenses such as tax preparation fees, safe deposit box rental, etc. because of the 2% of adjusted gross income (AGI) threshold. But there are a number of expenditures that qualify and it's not unusual for business owners, farmers, etc. to have low income one year and much higher the next. Here's a list of potentially deductible expenses. Be sure to check to see if you qualify before claiming a deduction. There may be items from a K-1 from your LLC, etc. that may be passed through as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. Recordkeeping is essential. Expenditures are not deductible if you could have been reimbursed by your employer.

 

Unreimbursed Business Expenses Subject to 2% Threshold

Form 2106

___ Travel, transportation, meals, entertainment, gifts, and local lodging work related
___ Vehicle expenses; rural mail carriers
___ Non-vehicle depreciation (e.g., computer, office furniture at home, tools, etc.)
___ Educator expenses (amounts in excess of the $250 allowed on Form 1040)
___ Home office expense

Other Business Expenses

___ Dues to professional societies
___ Job search expenses (in present occupation, not new trade or business)
___ Work-related education (not for a new trade or business)
___ Chamber of commerce dues (job related)
___ Professional licenses required by employment
___ Union dues; expenses
___ Tools and supplies
___ Uniform and work clothes (only if required and not suitable for nonbusiness use)
___ Subscriptions to trade and professional magazines (only work related)
___ Passport for business trip
___ College professor, research expenses
___ Job related legal fees
___ Damages for employment contract breach
___ Insurance premium, business liability
___ Insurance premium, malpractice
___ Occupational taxes
___ Required medical examinations
___ Business bad debt as an employee

 

Other Deductions Subject to 2% Threshold

___ Tax preparation fees (separate line on Schedule A)
___ Investment fees
___ Trust administration fees
___ Custodial fees
___ Safe deposit box rental
___ Tax advice related to investments
___ Other expenses including clerical help for managing your investments
___ Depreciation on computer for investments
___ Legal fees if related to producing or collecting taxable income
___ Legal fees related to retaining your employment
___ Legal fees related to tax advice in divorce (get itemized invoice)
___ Other expenses for managing investments (but only if they produce taxable income)
___ Excess deductions to beneficiary on termination of an estate or trust
___ Casualty/theft losses related to property used in services as employee (e.g., auto accident)
___ Appraisal fees related to charitable contribution or casualty loss
___ Regulated investment company fees and expenses from Form 1099
___ Fee and expenses to collect interest, dividends, etc.
___ Hobby expenses, but not in excess of income from hobby
___ Miscellaneous expenses from K-1 of partnerships, LLCs, S corporations, trusts
___ Dividend reinvestment plan service charge
___ Credit card fee for paying income tax
___ Trustee's fees for IRA if billed separately
___ REMIC (real estate mortgage investment conduits)
___ Loss on traditional and Roth IRAs, but only when all amounts distributed and less than basis
___ Repayments of income (including unemployment) if equal to or less than $3,000
___ Repayments of social security benefits (special rules if more than $3,000)
___ Losses on nonfederally insured deposits in bankrupt/insolvent financial institutions

 

Miscellaneous Itemized Deductions Not Subject to 2% Threshold

___ Gambling losses not in excess of gambling winnings
___ Disabled person, impairment related work expenses
___ Deductions from pass-through entities (partnership, LLC, S corporation)
___ Casualty and theft losses from income producing property
___ Federal estate tax related to income in respect of a decedent; from K-1; not from K-1
___ Amortizable bond premium (taxable bonds only)
___ Unrecovered pension investment
___ Loss resulting from a contingent payment debt instrument; inflation indexed debt instrument
___ Income repayment under claim of right, more than $3,000
___ Unrecovered annuity payments
___ Personal property used in a short sale

 


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