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Looking for a New Job? Expenses May Be Tax Deductible

Looking for a New Job? Expenses May Be Tax Deductible

Legitimate costs for pursuing another job within your field can be deducted: The cost of trips; the cost of education that will help you improve interviewing skills, resume writing skills, etc; the cost of career counseling – as long as the money is spent in the reasonable pursuit of a new position, those expenses can be deducted. And you don't have to successfully land a new job; what matters is that you are legitimately pursuing another opportunity.

Job search costs are itemized in the miscellaneous expenses category on Schedule A. You can only deduct the amount of your miscellaneous expenses that exceeds 2% of your Adjusted Gross Income, so don't forget to track other costs like educational expenses, non-reimbursed expenses relating to your current job, and investment and tax-related expenses.

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