Union Dues

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Number24, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. Number24

    Number24 #24

    Can we file tax back from our yearly Union Dues?
     
  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Are you asking if we can deduct union dues from our taxes? If you itemize---yes. It is under unreimbursed job expenses.
     
  3. Clock Sucker

    Clock Sucker I handle a lot of packages

    Yes, you can claim union dues on your taxes. I think it mostly goes toward your state taxes though
     
  4. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Federal only.
     
  5. JL 0513

    JL 0513 Well-Known Member

    I've never claimed dues. Does it yield much back? My return is never increased even after I put in mortgage interest deduction, charitable dedications, etc..
     
  6. Jackburton

    Jackburton Gone Fish'n

    I put them in as well but my tax never changes. I think it has to be a % of your income including other things to amount to a hill of beans. I only deduct mortage interest, dependents, realized investment losses when applicable, advelorm, charitable giving and property taxes.
     
  7. sox

    sox Member

    Misc expenses if you can get it up to 2% of agi you can deduct it . New boots? Uniform cleaning? Do they have your phone#? Do your customers? You can deduct part of it! Dues is a good one can all be work related expenses many more Mrs. Sox is an accountant
     
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  8. MC4YOU2

    MC4YOU2 Yep, not wearing brown anymore

    It takes a ton of work place expenses before they actually have any impact. I added mine every year religiously, but never reached the percentage ratio to income that got me any credit. Same with health care, since for must of us the premiums were no cost. Things have continued to change though, so it may be an actual deduction for some. Being retired I'm paying for mine for the first time in almost 3 decades, so at least I will be able to deduct them.
     
  9. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    This means that your standard deduction is more than your itemized.
     
  10. Jackburton

    Jackburton Gone Fish'n

    I buy a few pairs of New Balance shoes when they go on sale, $45ish per pair. I don't dry clean anything, just throw my uniform in the wash with everything else. In terms of the phone bill, I don't call customers or management on it, besides, it's $100 a month for 4 lines with unlimited TT&D.
     
  11. MyTripisCut

    MyTripisCut Well-Known Member

    I know a guy that writes off razors, shave cream, after shave, and hair cuts!
     
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  12. Jackburton

    Jackburton Gone Fish'n

    I never put myself in a situation where my integrity can be questioned, especially by the IRS.
     
  13. Brownslave688

    Brownslave688 You want a toe? I can get you a toe.

    Honestly not a bid idea. Shaving is a required part of the job. I would never be clean shaven if I didn't drive for ups.
     
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  14. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Writing off personal grooming expenses may be a bit over the top and, as Jackburton said, probably not worth it.

    I write off union dues, uniform maintenance ($10/week), boots, sneakers and a portion of my cell phone bill.