Hi Patty. I think that what you can gather from the variety of answers here is that it is BEST for you to take the time and expense to speak with an accountant. In my opinion, everyone’s circumstance is different and because of the potential problems that you can get yourself into by being WRONG about this (and other business items such as legal forms etc), it’s always best to seek the professional advice of licensed and experienced professionals (e.g. accountants, lawyers) with something this important!
It simply depends on where you work. If you are a W2 employee, it might be difficult. If you get any 1099, then I agree with all the above people who said you CAN. My previous (note the tense) accountant said exactly what you were told.
I workout at home in a sports bra and cut-off sweat shorts.
I don’t buy sneakers for turf or other surfaces, expensive workout clothing, specific shirts and shorts, 4-5 one piece swim suits and 2 pair of aquatic shoes a year, expecting to wear them to the beach or a movie another time. All my work is 1099 and I’m required to look a specific way.
My new and wonderful ~by the book~ accountant has no problem deducting all of these things.