Charitable - Uniforms

You can deduct the cost and upkeep of uniforms that are not suitable for every-day use and that you must wear while performing donated services for a charitable organization. If you do volunteer work at a hospital, for example, you can deduct the cost of buying and cleaning your uniforms if:

  1. the hospital is a qualified organization,
  2. the uniforms are not suitable for everyday use, and
  3. you must wear them when volunteering.

For more information, see IRS Publication 17 Your Federal Income Tax (For Individuals), page 177.

Enter the amount of cost and upkeep of such uniforms as an itemized deduction on Schedule A, Line 16 Gifts to Charity.  You can enter this information as cash contributions in TaxAct in the Itemized Deduction section of the Federal Q&A during the Contributions topic:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop) click Federal. On smaller devices, click the menu icon in the upper left-hand corner, then select Federal
  2. Click Itemized or Standard Deductions  in the Federal Quick Q&A Topics menu to expand the section, then click Charitable Contributions
  3. Continue to the screen titled Enter your 2019 cash contributions and enter your uniform expenses