In a few weeks, I will be starting at a position where I will be a contract employee for 30 days and then hired on as a "normal" employee, assuming I meet the expectations of my new employer.
I will be working remotely, so I'd like to purchase a new chair and laptop specifically for the position. If I purchase these during the contract period, can I write them off at tax time?
And a secondary question: I would like to start preparing for this position as soon as possible. If I were to purchase these items in preparation for this new position - as in purchasing them right now - would they be eligible to be written off?
EDIT: Sorry, forgot to mention - I live in California. Not sure if that is relevant.