If you work in an office as
a secretary, administrative assistant, or accounting or data entry clerk, you
should receive Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement , from your employer.
be able to reduce your taxes by deducting unreimbursed, job-related expenses.
You should keep receipts to substantiate these expenses. Examples of some of
the items you may be able to deduct include:
- Subscriptions to
publications and journals related to your work
- Dues for professional
associations Job-related equipment or supplies that are replaceable within one
- State or local government regulatory fees, licenses, or flat rate
occupational taxes, provided these fees are not paid for initial certification
You may be eligible to claim the Lifetime Learning or
American Opportunity Credit if you are attending a college, university or trade
school. The American Opportunity Credit is available if you are in your first
four years of school working towards a degree or certificate, attending half
time or better, and have not been convicted of any felony drug offense. The
Lifetime Learning credit is available if you attend any classes at a college,
university or trade school. You do not have to be in a degree
or certificate program, enrolled for more than one class, or be in the first
four years of your education.
If you are not eligible for a tax
credit, you may be able to deduct work-related education courses or seminars if
they meet certain requirements. Education typically meeting the requirements
includes refresher courses, courses on current developments, and vocational
courses. However, education that qualifies you for a new trade or business or
that helps you to meet the minimum education requirements of your present trade
or business is not deductible. For example, an administrative assistant cannot
deduct the expenses of going to a college to obtain a biology degree.