Police and firefighters are out there every day, protecting and serving. Liberty Tax Service® recognizes their hard work and dedication and honors them with free tax preparation services for first-time customers during the week of March 1.  

Before you head to a participating Liberty Tax® office, you may want to gather your paperwork to make your tax preparation goes as smoothly as possible. This checklist tells you what you’ll need to bring. 

You should also consider some of the miscellaneous deductions for which you may be eligible and bring that paperwork, too. In general, police and firefighters can deduct unreimbursed employee expenses if they equal more than 2% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). You must itemize your deductions using Schedule A.


Deductions include uniforms and union dues 

Uniforms and work clothes: Cost and upkeep, such as tailoring and dry cleaning, for work clothes if you must wear them as a condition of your employment and they are not suitable for everyday wear. 

Protective clothing: Safety shoes or boots, safety glasses, bulletproof vests, work gloves and more. 

Union or professional society dues: Dues and initiation fees you pay for membership to organizations such as the Fraternal Order of Police or International Association of Fire Fighters. You can also deduct fees for professional or trade publications. 

Work-related education: This includes tuition for continuing education if the classes maintain or improve the skills required for your job or if the class is required by your employer or the law. 

Tools and supplies: Flashlights, holsters and other items that are used in your work. 

Tax preparation fees: We’ve got you covered there. Come to a participating Liberty Tax® office during the week of March 1, and tax preparation is FREE, if you’re a first-time customer. If you miss us on those days, you can deduct your tax preparation fees when you visit us at a later date. We’ll make sure we get that deduction for you. 

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