Ann Kiernan replies:
Sure! Dress codes are perfectly legal. But you probably won’t be able to claim a tax deduction, since buying clothes specifically for work and never wearing them at any other time isn’t good enough. The IRS (Publication 529) says that only work clothes that are mandatory and are unsuitable for everyday wear-uniforms, theatrical costumes, hard hats, safety gloves, for example-are deductable.
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