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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:

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

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

Enter the amount of cost and upkeep of such uniforms as an itemized deduction on Schedule A (Form 1040) Itemized Deductions, Line 16. You can enter this information as cash contributions in TaxAct in the Itemized Deduction section of the Federal Q&A during the Contributions topic.

To enter this information:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop), click Federal. On smaller devices, click in the upper left-hand corner, then click Federal.
  2. Click Itemized or Standard Deductions in the Federal Quick Q&A Topics menu to expand, click Charitable contributions, then click Yes.
  3. Continue with the interview process to enter all of the appropriate information.
  4. On the screen titled Enter your 2020 cash contributions, enter your uniform expenses, then click Continue.

Note that any link in the information above is updated each year automatically and will take you to the most recent version of the document at the time it is accessed.


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