Tax Deductions for Nurses and Truck Drivers

Whether you are experiencing good or hard times, you must always take full advantage of tax deductions. A tax deduction is money that you subtract from your earned income, which will decrease the total amount of money you are taxed and the amount of taxes you owe.

Two professions where tax deductions have a huge impact are nursing and truck driving. While on the surface these two jobs don’t have much in common, when it comes to tax deductions, they are quite similar.

One commonality is that both nurses and truck drivers work long hours. Additionally, they regularly have extra expenses associated with their work. These extra expenses can usually be classified as tax deductions.

Nurses

For nurses, there are many things you can write off as a tax deduction. Moreover, there are key factors to your profession you must consider before filing.

Independent Contractor (1099) vs W-2 Employees

Before figuring out deductions, a major differentiator that must be made is 1099 vs W-2 nurses. For example, those that are travel nurses, the tax rules will be different than those who are W-2 employees.

A large number of travel nurses can be classified as independent contractors. If you are a travel nurse, be sure to keep receipts of everything you pay for as you travel, such as mileage, rent, and meals.

Furthermore, if you work in home health, as a contractor, or from home, you should try and see if you can get paid as under 1099. This category will offer you more tax deductions.

Nursing Students

Another factor that will affect deductions is if you are a nursing student. The filing status of nursing students is either a dependent of their parents or as filing independently.

Try to remain dependent while you’re a student. The requirements are as follows: You are 24 or younger, you are a full-time student, and your parents support you.

Don’t fret if you are not claimed as a dependent as there are various customary student deductions available to you.

Expenses That Can Be Deducted

There are two choices when it comes to tax deductions, standard deductions or itemized. If you itemize your expenses, you can usually write-off any expenses associated with your job. These write-offs fall into three categories: clothing, equipment, and licensing/ education.

Clothing includes uniforms, scrubs and scrub coats, and medical shoes. Also, any services needed to maintain the integrity of your job can be tax deductions. Examples include dry cleaning, tax preparation fees, and uniform alterations.

Equipment that nurses can write-off is far-reaching; anything that is a necessity to your work which you had to purchase. Stethoscope, penlights, and scissors to name a few.

Finally, licensing and education related to your nursing job can be a tax deduction. These expenses could include continued education costs (such as fees related to conferences or seminars), subscriptions to industry-specific publications, and organization membership dues.

*Note: these three categories are not official, merely a means of organization for your convenience and understanding.

Truck Drivers

Much like nurses, there are various work-related expenses truck drivers can write-off.

W-2 vs Independent Contractors

In recent years, the IRS no longer permits W-2 drivers to write-off mileage and travel on their tax returns. Although, if you are a truck driver who is classified as an independent contractor or 1099, you can still claim business expenses.

As a 1099 truck driver, you must complete a Schedule C to report income and expenses. This will allow you a selection of tax deductions. Local truck drivers normally cannot deduct travel expenses.

Nevertheless, even if you are an employee you can deduct travel expenses only if you meet certain qualifications. You must be traveling away from home for longer than a day and you must have to sleep or rest to meet the demandsof your work.

Common Deductions Afforded to Truck Drivers

To the IRS, a semi-truck is a qualified non-personal-use vehicle. What this means is that you can only claim expenses for vehicles of this type.

Now, you can deduct expenses related to your truck, such as fuel, oil, repairs, tires, washing, insurance, and repairs or maintenance. It is in your best interest to keep all receipts and to document as much of your expenses as possible.

Other deductions available to truckers are mileage (only if you’re an independent contractor), daily meal allowances, hotel expenses, and union dues. Additionally, you can deduct other unreimbursed expenses including logbooks, lumper fees, business-only cell phone use, and license fees

Professional Help

Regardless if you are a nurse or a truck driver, your profession most likely has deductions. Missing out on such deductions may have resulted in your current tax debt. If this is the case, reach out to TaxRise; our tax professionals can place you in the most ideal tax relief program possible.

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