This is probably a simple question in the financial world, but I haven't been able to get a straight answer to it yet.
I work from home in an entirely different state from the company I work for. I started out working in their office and was there for two years before moving away but getting to keep my job. I'm a web developer and graphic designer, so I need the Adobe suite of programs. If I were in the office, I would have access to them paid for by the company. Instead, I pay for the monthly subscription cost myself. Both my wife and I use the software, though I use it much more frequently (as in, daily) than she does, and we are filing jointly this year.
Is the subscription cost something I can deduct from my taxes as a business expense? It really is a required part of my job, so the expense is legitimate. Is this something I need to try to expense through my company first before deducting from my taxes?
While we're on the subject, I purchased my laptop for my job right before moving out of state. I bought it because I needed a modern laptop for my job, but I also use it equally for personal use. Is this deductible at all as well?
Thanks in advance for any insight.