Originally Posted by toddbishop
Follow DED's advice re: "stage" clothing-- that's kind of a classic red flag for getting audited.
Never had a problem with stage clothing, although my expenses are relatively small - $400 one year, $260 another, $53 another. Hey, sometimes ya gotta go buy a Western shirt or five to work with a band, and Target's $15 shirts just don't cut it.
As I mentioned before, you can't go crazy with most expenses, they have to make sense compared to the income being declared. If I make $10,000 with my Americana bands, I think I'm entitled to claim a few hundred $ in appropriate clothing to help ensure my desirability/marketability as a team player, resulting in continued employment in a fickle business.