Are Job Search Expenses Tax Deductible?

January 30th, 2014

It’s that time of year again: tax season! If you haven’t already, chances are you will soon be thinking about filing your 2013 taxes along with any deductions that may apply to you. What many job seekers are unfortunately failing to recognize, though, is that your job search expenses may be tax deductible. Yes, that’s right; if you spent a substantial amount of your own money while looking for a job in 2013, you may be able to take a tax deduction for many of your job search related costs!

Although your job search expenses may be tax deductible, the specifics are not exactly cut and dry. Typically, deductible job search expenses will fall into three categories, including:

  • Resume preparation, mailing, and related expenses. While a good portion of job search activities are conducted online, some job companies still prefer to go the traditional route. In situations such as these, paper, envelopes, portfolios, and postage can quickly add up. These expenses can be deducted as long as you have kept your receipts along with notes on the purpose of the purchases.
  • Employee agency and outplacement fees. Paying for job counseling or for an agency to match you with a job opportunity will generally be deductible expenses as long as you have not been reimbursed by an employer or anyone else.
  • Travel and transportation expenses. Whether you take the bus to an interview or fly cross country to search for a job somewhere new, your job search related and travel expenses may be tax deductible.

While the above points provide a general idea of job search expenses you may be able to deduct, you may still have some hoops to jump through. Because job search deduction rules are so complex, it is highly recommended to seek the advice of a professional, like 1st Staffing Group. 1st Staffing is Ardmore, Oklahoma’s comprehensive job search resource, providing invaluable tools, such as up to date job postings and professional coaching for interviews, follow up, and handling your taxes. If you are looking for help understanding tax deductible job search expenses, contact Ardmore’s job placement experts at 1st Staffing Group today!

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