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  • Tax deductions?

    Well, since it is tax season, anyone know what Volunteer Firefighters can claim or itemize? Like everyone, I want to save as much as possible and owe the tax man as less as possible. Can you claim mileage for calls? What about uniform and gear expenses? Emergency lighting?

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    Originally posted by FireEMSPolice View Post
    Well, since it is tax season, anyone know what Volunteer Firefighters can claim or itemize? Like everyone, I want to save as much as possible and owe the tax man as less as possible. Can you claim mileage for calls? What about uniform and gear expenses? Emergency lighting?
    You need to check with your local tax experts.

    Sometimes you can deduct things like uniform items, etc - generally expendable stuff. Accessories for your personal vehicle probably not so much.

    Here in NY I can claim a small exemption on my state income tax, or on my property taxes, but not both. I claim it on my income tax.

    The relative value of such deductions will depend on your overall tax position - unless you have enough deductions to overcome the standard deduction, it may not be worth the trouble.
    Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

    Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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      If it's reasonable and necessary for the job, it's deductible as a miscellaneous expense. Uniforms, turnouts, specialized equipment all are. Things that you don't necessarily need or that can be used for non-work things (like normal shoes), are not.

      Of course, you better get it while you can. Starting with tax year 2018 (i.e., what's due April 2019), you can't deduct any of this.

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