IRS allows clergy to deduct the cost of clothing on their Schedule SE, but there is a catch. The clothing has to be work-specific and not appropriate for use outside of work.

For example, a nice three piece suit or a dress shirt cannot be deducted because these could easily be worn outside of work, at other jobs or in public. On the other hand, clergy-specific clothing like a Cassock or Stole are generally not worn outside of Church, so these could qualify for a deduction.

One last note, you can also deduct the costs of laundering clergy-specific clothing. Be sure to keep your receipts!

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