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I am going to get my taxes done tomorrow. My guy is usually pretty good but looking to see what others use as write offs......Thanks.

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Any uniforms and equipment not reimber. for by your dept. to include your service weapon and back up if bought in the current tax year. Your basic phone bill if required to have a phone. Can be cell phone but only one phone. Clothing would include t-shirts, socks ,footgear anything you are required to wear at work to include your jacket and warm weather and rain gear. . If you are required to have a certain haircut, polish and cleaning equip, uniform cleaning if not reimber. Use your imagination.

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I do beleive cops are allowed one gun a year...... May have changed but I claim mine every year...


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SCREW TIBET FREE SCOTLAND !!!!

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nikkochey said:

Any uniforms and equipment not reimber. for by your dept. to include your service weapon and back up if bought in the current tax year. Your basic phone bill if required to have a phone. Can be cell phone but only one phone. Clothing would include t-shirts, socks ,footgear anything you are required to wear at work to include your jacket and warm weather and rain gear. . If you are required to have a certain haircut, polish and cleaning equip, uniform cleaning if not reimber. Use your imagination.

The only thing I don't know about is the haircut thing. I called the IRS one year and asked about this and the guy just about had a stroke laughing and said "Boy I hope you or your friends never get audited" Most jobs require a neat appearence is what he told me and they don't get to write off hair cuts. I don't F^%k with the IRS. I saw buddies of mine get audited in NY and they looked like they wanted to jump off a bridge.

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bad_LT said:

I do beleive cops are allowed one gun a year...... May have changed but I claim mine every year...

Really???


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IRS agent will tell you anything!!!!

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I *could* essentually get a " free " gun every *year*????

That would be wicked!!


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Any kind of gym memberships fitness equiptment, weight loss fads ect. for Leo's.

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I wonder if Gov. Spitzer (NY) will be able to write off his "expenses". LOL!

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Range fees, gun cleaning supplies, ammo, union dues, publications/texts related to work (with certain restrictions). If you launder your own uniform instead of taking it to the cleaners, you still claim uniform maintenance


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Some of our cops take mileage when driving into and out of work (only in the city). The thought is that per our dept policy, we are on duty and may be required to act anytime we are in the city.


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Not to mention the office supplies-Pens, pencils, notepads, white out, etc. I put a brand new duty gear bag on mine this year.


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mileage using your PV to and from seminars, seminars, the food during your stay .. I was told anything job related that isn't covered by the department but needed for your job


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I really want to know more on this gun deal. Peeked my interest!!!


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Don't forget that you can actually claim 2 guns per year...1 primary and 1 backup. A buddy of mine claimed a new off duty pistol and a new m4 one year. You can also claim other things if you work a steady extra job. I worked one for a couple years that required red/blue lights in my POV. ANything needed to do your job is a deduction as long as you dont' get a department reembursement. Guns, ammo, duty belt gear, boots, clip boards, paper, pens, uniform cleaning, maintainence supplies i.e. gun oil, boot polish, any accessories for your weapon like lights or optics.


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Cell Phones, Internet, Gym Fee's, Range Fee's, Ammo, dry cleaning ill think of more


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It sounds funny but you can write off your hair cuts. Police are expected to look clean cut and in many departments they even have written policy about hair. Sounds fishy I know but most people have to option to let thier hair grow but as police we do not so we can thus take the write off.

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If you are required to call into you unit daily, one call a day is allowed as a write off. It works.

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I hate to pee on everyones party, but as an accountant I can tell you, unless you are purchasing a new gun you are only able to write off a gun once for the full amount or you could deprecate it over 3-5 years. I don't see much point to deprecate it, but you could. :)

**disclaimer: unless a new law came into effect this year, I'm unaware of yet.


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Any item purchased that you only use for the job. The cell phone has to be strictly for duty use.

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BREEZE said:

If you are required to call into you unit daily, one call a day is allowed as a write off. It works.

Anything will work and will go through, it's when you get audited and your sphincter gets so tight you couldn't pass a pin through it.

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bad_LT said:

I do beleive cops are allowed one gun a year...... May have changed but I claim mine every year...

Still good...and a great excuse to buy a new toy every year!


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becca31 said:

I hate to pee on everyones party, but as an accountant I can tell you, unless you are purchasing a new gun you are only able to write off a gun once for the full amount or you could deprecate it over 3-5 years. I don't see much point to deprecate it, but you could. :)

**disclaimer: unless a new law came into effect this year, I'm unaware of yet.

If you bought a firearm during the year you can claim a portion of the cost of the weapon.... I do it every year I buy one. Taxes are done by H&R BLOCK they are the ones who told me about it...


For so long as one hundred men remain alive, we shall never under any conditions submit to the domination of the English. It is not for glory or riches or honours that we fight, but only for liberty, which no good man will consent to lose but with his life.

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SCREW TIBET FREE SCOTLAND !!!!

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Continuing education, any costs not covered by the department. I was able to write off about 1/2 of the cost of my master's degree. Mileage to and from training, college classes, and special duty jobs. Union dues are tax deductable, as is any equipment that you provide for yourself, such as a case to carry your police equipment, holsters (on and off duty), as well as uniform equipment that is not provided by the agency. We provide our own gloves and do-rags for the motor unt (yeah, I wear a do-rag under my helmet...a black one...it keeps my hair looking good and extends the life of the helmet), and of course, dry cleaning costs. One caveat: have receipts! I had a friend bit the dust big time over claiming items that he had no receipts to show that he made the purchases. The IRS has no sense of humor!


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bad_LT said:


becca31 said:


I hate to pee on everyones party, but as an accountant I can tell you, unless you are purchasing a new gun you are only able to write off a gun once for the full amount or you could deprecate it over 3-5 years. I don't see much point to deprecate it, but you could. :)

**disclaimer: unless a new law came into effect this year, I'm unaware of yet.


If you bought a firearm during the year you can claim a portion of the cost of the weapon.... I do it every year I buy one. Taxes are done by H&R BLOCK they are the ones who told me about it...


I just had my taxes done. Wrote off the cost of a new off--duty gun, holster and extra mags. This year, I am buying (alreay ordered) a new back-up gun... No problems, according to my accountant.


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Amazing... I have a hard time finding that many write-offs for my business.

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Not having receipts for smaller items isn't that big of a deal. All you really have to do is prove you posess the item, and be able to prove that the amount you paid is "a fair market price". But audits suck, no matter if you have receipts or not.

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sgt457 said:


bad_LT said:



becca31 said:


I hate to pee on everyones party, but as an accountant I can tell you, unless you are purchasing a new gun you are only able to write off a gun once for the full amount or you could deprecate it over 3-5 years. I don't see much point to deprecate it, but you could. :)

**disclaimer: unless a new law came into effect this year, I'm unaware of yet.


If you bought a firearm during the year you can claim a portion of the cost of the weapon.... I do it every year I buy one. Taxes are done by H&R BLOCK they are the ones who told me about it...



I just had my taxes done. Wrote off the cost of a new off--duty gun, holster and extra mags. This year, I am buying (alreay ordered) a new back-up gun... No problems, according to my accountant.


yep, NEW guns and equipment good for full (one time) deduction or 3-5 deprecation. I should have added, if you have already "written off" the full deduction then you cannot continue to "write off" the *same* weapon each year. Didn't want people who do their own taxes claiming something they couldn't.

New weapon/equipment/training/etc = new deduction. (form 2106, Schedule A, and 1040 are the forms needed)


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What about training? Can you write off, personal money spent on continued or specialized training?

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Union dues are also deductible from what I believe.

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