Question

I have a tax question about deducting union dues. Can I deduct union dues from my tax return?

Answer

Union dues are the cost of membership to belong to the union. The dues paid to the union by its membership help to pay for the cost of activities, education or events engaged in by the union members. Because union dues are unreimbursed employee expenses necessary for union membership, deducting union dues is permitted for the following:

  • Union dues
  • Initiation fees

These expenses are tax-deductible. So, you can deduct union dues as a miscellaneous itemized deduction. They’re subject to 2% of your adjusted gross income (AGI) on your Schedule A, Line 21.

While you are allowed to deduct union dues and initiation fees paid to the union, you are not permitted to deduct payments or contributions used to pay for sick, accident or death benefits. Additionally, pension fund contributions, even if required, are not deductible.

 

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