According to the IRS, to be deductible, an expenditure must be both “ordinary” and “necessary” in connection with your profession.  The IRS defines “ordinary” as common and accepted in a particular profession and “necessary” as helpful and appropriate for a particular profession.

Here’s a list of 16 professional expenditures commonly incurred by healthcare professionals:

  •  Automobile expenses
  • Beepers and pagers
  • Books/library
  • Cellular telephones 
  • Computer purchases
  • Education, examinations & licenses
  • Equipment & instruments
  • Job search
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Meals & entertainment
  • Parking & tolls
  • Professional dues, journals & subscriptions
  • Psychoanalysis as part of training
  • Supplies
  • Travel & lodging
  • Uniforms & cleaning

Please note:  Employees may not deduct professional expenses that are eligible for reimbursement from their employer.

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