Can I deduct my drycleaning bills?

August 19, 2011

From:  Kevin
Date:  Mon, 2 Mar 2009

Mr. Gray,

I sell automobiles for a living. In our employee handbook, it states that we are supposed to wear a shirt and tie for employment. Would my drycleaning for the shirts, ties and suits be tax deductible?


Date:  4 Mar 2009

Hello Kevin,

The IRS regards suits as “street clothes,” not uniforms. I know it doesn't seem fair, but your dry cleaning expenses aren't tax deductible.

(I share your pain. I also regularly wear suits for my business attire.)

Good luck!

Mike Gray

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