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Certification Costs Tax deductible in US?

Udit Manektala
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Joined: Sep 17, 2006
Posts: 30
Ok guys, dont flame me for posting a Tax question on a Certification Board But has anyone from the US listed his Certification Costs, Certification Prep Material costs as deductibles ?

According to Wikipedia

Unreimbursed work-related expenses, such as travel or education (so long as the education does not qualify the taxpayer for a new line of work; law school, for example, is not deductible.)

So IT people from the industry can deduct certification expenses because thats what we need for our jobs right ?
Marc Peabody
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Joined: Feb 05, 2003
Posts: 4727

Interesting question. Makes sense to me. Work has always paid for mine, so I've never had to even think about it before.

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Theodore Casser
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Joined: Mar 14, 2001
Posts: 1902

I have made a practice of deducting it in past years, and have not had a problem with it. Generally, just make sure to keep around the documentation that shows what you paid for your prep and the exam itself.

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peter cooke
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Joined: Mar 16, 2004
Posts: 317
Since I have been working as a developer I have tried to write off all my cert trainning books, practice exams, and any exam fee that.

Most years it is not worth while to itemize, just take the standard $200 educational deduction. One year I was needed to hemorrhage cash into education or donations. I decided to work on the SCEA and pay for some sun ed courses myself. Those were deducted.

[ February 12, 2007: Message edited by: peter cooke ]
[ February 12, 2007: Message edited by: peter cooke ]

CIAO Peter M. Cooke
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