If you receive a Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement as a Qualified Performing Artist, Fee-Based Government Official, or National Guard/Reserve member at the end of the year, work-related expenses that are deducted from your paychecks (and are actual expenses to you and not reimbursed by your employer or advanced to you by your employer) can be deducted. All other employee expense deductions have been discontinued with the passage of tax reform.
To enter unreimbursed employee expenses in your TaxAct® return, go to our Form 2106 - Entering Unreimbursed Employee Expenses in Program FAQ. TaxAct will use the higher of your itemized deductions or the standard deduction for your filing status in order to maximize the tax benefit to you. See Standard Deduction for more information.
If you receive a Form 1099-MISC Miscellaneous Income as a self-employed individual at the end of the year, you would complete a Schedule C Profit or Loss From Business to report both your income and expenses. To enter amounts for business income or loss from a sole proprietorship, go to our Schedule C - Entering Sole Proprietorship in Program FAQ.
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