3 Things To Count As Expenses With A Regular 9-5 Job

Posted on: 2 October 2017

You work hard all year only to realize when it's all over that Uncle Sam still has his hand out because you've not had enough taxes deducted from your paycheck to cover your tax liability. Even though you have a regular job and do not own your own business, it does not mean that there are not certain ways that you may be able to chip away at that tax bill, especially if you have work-related expenses. Check out this short list of work-related expenses that you may be able to deduct when you file your taxes with a regular nine-to-five job. 

Your Cell Phone

So you can't just buy a cell phone for personal use and deduct its cost on your taxes. But what you can do is deduct the cost of that cell phone if having it is a requirement set forth by your employer. For example, if the company that hires you as a receptionist requires that you have an iPhone to use to access certain apps and information when you are on the go within the building, you may be able to figure the cost of the phone as an employee expense. 

Safety Gear 

In order to get on at a certain place, you will need protective clothing and steel-toed boots to protect your feet. Hang onto the receipts when you purchase these work-related items because at the end of the year, what you pay for that safety gear and protective clothing for your job can be deducted on your taxes. These items are considered a requirement in the workplace and as long as they are not company-provided, you should not have to cover the costs of them on your own. Safety glasses, gloves, and other similar safety items are also examples of items that can likely be deducted. 

Profession-Related Education 

Even with some regular employment positions there can be training and professional education courses required to maintain or enhance your position. For example, if you work in an industrial facility and need to take a course on electrical engineering to learn how to operate some of the new equipment, this could be an educational expense that you can deduct at the end of the year. Likewise, if you travel to certain places for professional enrichment, such as a conference held out of state, the costs of your trip may be able to be assumed as employee expenses during tax preparation.