Who can write off clothes on their taxes?
If you’re a sole proprietor or small business owner, you might be able to write off your work clothes — not to mention other clothing-related expenses.
Rules for writing off clothes
Any clothes you’re trying to claim as a business deduction have to be "ordinary and necessary" expenses.
Deducting clothes as a promotional expenses
There’s one exception to the rule that deductible clothes can’t be worn outside of work. That’s what we might call "promotional clothing" — clothes that feature your business logo.
Deducting laundry expenses
If your clothes do qualify as business expenses, you can also write off the cost of upkeep. That means dry cleaning expenses and fees for alterations — even shoe polishes.
Deducting makeup and personal care
If you’re a freelancer or business owner who sometimes has to invest in your appearance for work purposes, odds are good that your spending doesn’t stop with clothes. What about makeup and other forms of personal care, like haircuts?
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