Re: Union dues - Taxes

Discussion in 'UPS Union Issues' started by undies, Feb 20, 2015.

  1. undies

    undies Active Member

    Has anyone done the math as to how much we paid in Union dues last year? Going all out this year with deductions and I'm curious as to where I can find exactly how much was paid for the year. Thanks!
     
  2. Brownman6

    Brownman6 New Member

    Look on your last check stub of the year.
     
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  3. undies

    undies Active Member

    Oh my God. I'm an idiot. Thanks!
     
  4. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Make sure to include all of the money that you spent on uniform accessories that were not reimbursed, to include socks, boots, sneakers. I also write off $10/week for uniform maintenance. My total write offs, including union dues, were around $2K.
     
  5. toonertoo

    toonertoo Most Awesome Dog Staff Member

    I have always used five for uniform maintenance, but 10 is more real.
     
  6. greengrenades

    greengrenades To be the man, you gotta beat the man.

    How much of a difference would putting union dues cause?
     
  7. toonertoo

    toonertoo Most Awesome Dog Staff Member

    It depends on whether you itemize or not.
     
  8. bluehdmc

    bluehdmc Well-Known Member

    They take our union dues out the 2nd paycheck of the month. I have to look at that one for December to get total dues. It's not on our last check of the year. (Is it because I'm paperless?)
     
  9. Oak

    Oak Active Member

    There should be a YTD total on every stub.
     
  10. clean hairy

    clean hairy Well-Known Member

    Don't work related expenses have to exceed some % (I think 7.5% of your income) to be deductible?
    And it is only the amount above the 7.5% that is deductible?
    Possibly a person could ask their tax person about this?
    Same thing with Medical expenses, only the amount above a certain % is deductible?
    A person more knowleedgeable than me could make sure if this correct.
     
  11. I write them off on my state taxes. Its not a lot but a few bucks back is better than nothing.
     
  12. bluehdmc

    bluehdmc Well-Known Member

    Paperless has the only has the YTD if there was a deduction in that week. It seems if they don't take out the deduction in a pay period, (union dues, unemployment, etc.) there isn't an entry on the pay advice at all.
     
  13. EasyTrucker

    EasyTrucker Active Member

    Just call the hall and ask for an end of year receipt of your union dues. That's what you would need to provide to the IRS if you were audited anyway, not a pay stub.
     
  14. toonertoo

    toonertoo Most Awesome Dog Staff Member

    yes they do. I believe it is 7.5 also. But I also use less than half of my cell phone bill, an arguable point to many. But 95% of my phone use is for business. I also use laundry and write off my boots, shoes, gloves, toe warmers, under armor, or anything you use for work. I have under armor for home time, I dont use, I only wear the brown and white for work. I also claim the window cleaner, I use for my windows, they throw it away, I buy more. And the paper towels, and the window scraper and brush. You know how much your dues are x12.
    And yes medical expenses are 7.5% of your gross, hard to meet unless you paid off major amounts because of a serious illness, or you pay for your own healthcare.
     
  15. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Not for dues.
     
  16. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    A paystub showing the YTD would suffice.
     
  17. jumpman23

    jumpman23 Oh Yeah

    DITTO
     
  18. jumpman23

    jumpman23 Oh Yeah

    Same her TT, write off everything i use for work.
     
  19. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    It won't be there. The YTD is only there for the week dues are taken out.
     
  20. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    The cellphone may be a tough one to justify.