Prior to the 2018 tax year, taxpayers were able to deduct their out-of-pocket job expenses without limitations. However, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) eliminated miscellaneous itemized deductions for certain individuals.
The following taxpayers can claim out of pocket job expenses from tax year 2018 and onward:
- Armed Forces reservists
- Qualified performing artists
- Fee-basis state or local government officials
- Employees with impairment-related work expenses
- Qualified educators for teaching expenses
This excludes business owners who file a Schedule C. If you do not meet the following categories above, you cannot claim out-of-pocket job expenses.