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We do itemize as our mortgage interest and charitable giving exceeds the standard deduction. Also, my DH has to buy his own uniforms and some equipment. For example, we spent 1% of his gross annual pay just on a class uniform and dress shoes this year. We have also purchased other work clothes/shoes. He has also been allowed to deduct expenses for cleaning his uniforms, watches, sunglasses, unreimbursed mileage.

Prior to getting this job, I used to do our taxes each year. But my DH wanted to go to the specialist to be sure we got every deduction we qualified for. So we plunked down $220 for this person. I did not like that they would only allow us to deduct 1/2 of his hotel expenses he incurred while attending the fire academy in another city. They seemed to struggle with this decision - sending it up to the manager for an opinion. I know of no such limit (50%) for this unreimbursed expense. As a matter of fact, when other ff's have traveled to attend special classes they have always written off their expenses. I figured if I read up enough about our tax situation, I could confidently do it myself and save the $220. Any suggestions?

Thanks for taking an interest in my situation :-)
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