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Yes, it seems that you can deduct legal expenses that are related to your employment. It should be entered on Line 21 of your return. There are more answers on


As Ben notes, post-2017 it is no longer possible to deduct expenses as an employee (Thanks for that correction!). However, you should consider whether your employer is required to reimburse you for your computer or other expenses. California state law requires businesses to reimburse employees for necessary expenses. As such, if you were not provided a ...


As an employee, you are not allowed to deduct any business expenses yourself. You can get reimbursed by your employer for business expenses, and that reimbursement will be tax free for both you and your employer. However, anything your employer chooses not to reimburse is not tax deductible on your return. Unreimbursed employee expenses used to be a tax ...


I would also argue that you were not “allowed” to use your lender. He can reference but he legally can not tell you who to use. I think this whole situation should be reported to the board.

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