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Job-specific deductions

What deductions can you claim depending on your profession, and how did tax reform affect them?

 

Tax reform and deductions for workers

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, also known as tax reform, eliminated the ability of workers to deduct unreimbursed job-related expenses from their Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). However, this inability to deduct necessary work expenses might be offset by taking the new, almost-doubled standard deduction.

Qualified Business Income deduction

Tax reform added a new Qualified Business Income (QBI) deduction. If you’re self-employed or a small business owner, you may be eligible for a deduction of 20% of eligible income before taxes. The deduction is available to taxpayers whose individual income falls below $157,000, or whose joint income is less than $315,000. QBI includes income from a trade or business, like rideshare driving, e-commerce or online retail, consulting, or reselling income. It does not include wages earned as an employee or business-generated capital gains, interest, and dividend income.

Jobs that still have specific deductions

Examples of roles for which you might be able to claim unreimbursed expenses

Drivers

  • Vehicle maintenance/upkeep
  • Mileage and fuel
  • Insurance, registration, and inspection costs

Hairstylists

  • Chair rental
  • Supplies
  • Travel

 

Tradesmen

  • Tools
  • Uniforms
  • Vehicle costs
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Credits and deductions

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