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Work: Seeking New Employment

Deductible Expenses To Keep Track Of When Job Hunting

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Certain expenses related to your job hunt are deductible from your taxes. 

Deductible expenses include the following whether or not your job hunt is successful:

  • Employment-agency and career-counseling fees.
  • Want ads.
  • Telephone calls.
  • Printing, typing and mailing resumes.
  • Travel when the primary purpose of the travel is to look for a new job. According to the IRS: The amount of time you spend on personal activity unrelated to your job search compared to the amount of time you spend looking for work is important in determining whether the trip is primarily personal or is primarily to look for a new job.
  • Meals and entertaining.

In order to be deductible, the amount that you spend for job search expenses, combined with other miscellaneous expenses, must exceed a certain threshold. To determine your deduction, use Schedule A, Itemized Deductions. Job search expenses are claimed as a miscellaneous itemized deduction.

NOTE: The above expenses are not deductible if:

  • You are making a career change 
  • You are seeking your first job.
  • If there was a substantial break between the end of your last job and the time you begin looking for a new one.

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