In What You Should Know About Job Seeking and Your Taxes, Sonja Felder explains that items such as the following might be deductible if used for your job search:
- Professional fees paid to resume writers and career counselors
- Costs related to writing your own resume, including paper
- Job search related phone and Internet costs
- Travel expenses
Felder also tells us items such as clothing and shoes for your job interview are not tax deductible. What a shame! That kind of deduction could have helped stimulate the economy.
To understand what job search expenses you can and cannot deduct on your tax returns, ask a professional tax preparer.