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LTC Greg Henning
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It would very hard to claim haircuts on your taxes. Unforms are something differnt
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DISCLAIMER: I'm not a tax expert or account, so this isn't tax or legal advice.

If you itemize, yes, you likely can claim uniforms, as they are required for your employment, are not provided (at all if you're an Officer) or provided in the required quantity (most leaders tell you at least four sets of everything). So yeah, "business expense." My Active Duty annual Clothing Allowance just barely covered the cost of an ASU package ("Professional" grade at Marlow White). $450 doesn't last long when field uniforms are about $120 for a top and bottom. Then T-Shirts, socks, belts, patches, and boots eat up the rest. But I have never itemized, as I am married and have never rang-up more than $12K or now $24K in itemized deductions.
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MSG Operations Nco
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Yes, your military haircuts are tax deductible. However, this comes with a catch. You have to itemize on your taxes instead of taking the standard deduction. This means that you must have more than the total standard deduction ($12,000 for single, $24,000 for married filing jointly) in write offs to claim. Assuming you are a single filer, if you are spending $20 per week at 52 weeks per year, you have a write off of $1040. That means that you will need $10,960 more in deductions to meet the threshold to itemize your tax return, and that is just to break even. The typical tax filer has no need to itemize in most cases unless they own real estate, own a business, give large amounts to charity, etc.

I have a particularly complicated tax return every year with multiple income streams and my wife self employed. Most of our deductions are taken on the separate IRS Schedules (C and E), and even in our situation we do not itemize deductions.
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SFC Casey O'Mally
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No. No they are not. This went all the way to the Supreme Court. Haircuts for military personnel are NOT deductible. They are almost never deductible for anyone. But definitely jot for military (as that was the specific case that went to SCOTUS) (Drake v. commissioner)
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SFC Casey O'Mally - Thanks for providing the case as a reference. It would appear you are correct. I find it troubling that the the post Tax Assistance Office routinely briefs that these are a legit tax deduction to leadership around tax time. Most are probably unaffected since the standard deduction was increased to 12/24, but still a problem nonetheless. I'll be sure to correct this when I hear it.
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LTC Kevin B.
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I suspect this question is somewhat tongue-in-cheek, so I'll give a similar answer. Open a business and then you can deduct $70k in haircut costs as a business expense. The worse your hair, the better.
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