- On September 14, 2020
Working in the healthcare industry can be daunting and physically exhausting. The work demand makes it understandable why nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals don’t have the time to worry about their tax deductions. Some of them are working for long hours, double shifts, and in emergencies, leaving them with little to no time to deal with their taxes. Filing for tax deductions would require proper and complete documentation, which can be impossible for people with a busy schedule.
However, tax deductions are valuable to have. At the end of every tax year, you can decrease your taxable income and claim some of your expenses. If you are a healthcare professional who would like to claim tax deductions or reduce annual taxes but don’t know what expenses to demand back, this article is for you.
You can write-off expenses from your profession alone, and here’s a quick reference you can use to claim a deduction successfully.
Itemised Deductions Nurses and Other Healthcare Workers Can Claim
Here are some examples of what you can claim
1. Uniform or Clothing Requirements
There is a specific uniform when working in the healthcare field. If you’re using scrubs, lab coats, or medical shoes, you can write them off your taxes. Everything that you need to wear while doing your job can be filed under this category.
2. Needed Supplies
If you had to purchase any materials to help you with your work as a healthcare professional, you could file them under the supplies category. These include medical equipment, sanitising supplies, protective gear, shoes, and more.
You can also file other related purchases of supplies, such as your medical bag, computer and printer, business cards, office supplies, business meals, and stationery.
3. Education and Registration
Before a professional gets to work in the healthcare field, they need to be registered with AMA or other professional organizations. If you had any expenses for registration or maintain it during the tax year, you can claim that as an.
If you did an education course to widen your knowledge or improve your skills, you can claim that as an expenses against your income. You can include all the travel expenses and fees to the meetings, seminars, and conferences you attended. Add to the list the cost for the reference materials, photocopy expenses, textbooks, journals, insurance, lab fees, and more.
4. Other Services
You can also include other expenses related to keeping the integrity of your job. That includes getting your uniforms altered, dry cleaning, and even your tax preparation fees.
5. Home Office Tools
Some staff would need to be ready on-call for emergencies. If you are under this category or have a home office, you can also file your office phone, answering service, cell phone, internet service, and other communication expenses.
6. Vehicle and Travel
While you cannot claim the travel from home to work, you can claim travel costs incurred if you are required to travel between hospitals or medical clinics. You can also claim travel expenses incurred for travel to seminars, work events etc.
When submitting a tax return, being organized helps in minimizing your taxes. When filing for tax deductions, make sure to have the necessary documentation to justify your claim.
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