What amount of job-related expenses can I deduct?
You can deduct unreimbursed employee expenses if they are paid or incurred during your tax year, are for carrying on your trade or business of being an employee and are ordinary and necessary. You must itemize deductions instead of taking the standard deduction.
TurboTax will help you figure out which is better. Employee expenses go on Form 2106 and flow to Schedule A, and only the amount over 2% of your adjusted gross income is deductible.