With a month and a half left to file our taxes, many of us are pouring over our receipts, calculating our log books, and asking ourselves “can I write that off?”

While we’re not tax experts we can offer some guidance in the area of what truck drivers can write off. We do suggest that you speak with a professional about your taxes before filing.

There are many things that truck drivers can write off, so long as you follow these simple rules:

  • The expenses haven’t been reimbursed by the company,
  • You have the receipts for the items you want to write off, and
  • You have valid log books to show you were over the road

This list includes many items, but is not all inclusive. There may be things missing, but we hope that, at the very least, gives you an idea of the type of items that you can write off.

Cleaning Supplies

Air Fresheners, Armour-All, Broom and Dustpan, Laundry Soap, Paper Towels, Trash Bags, Window Cleaner, and Vacuum


Boots, Gloves, Hard Hat, Safety Glasses, Safety Vests, and Travel Bags


Antenna, CB Radio, Cell Phone, Cell Phone Fees, Circuit Tester, GSP Unit, GPS Map Update Fees, Power Boosters, Power Converters, and Power Cords


ATM Fees, Association Fees/Dues, CDL Driver’s License, Copy/Fax Fees, Criminal Record Check Fees, Driver’s Abstract Fees, Parking Fees, Scale Fees, and Toll Fees

In Cab Living

Alarm Clock, Bedding, Cab Curtains, Coffee Maker, Cook Top, Cooking Utensils, First Aid Kit, Lap Desk, Microwave, Refrigerator, Tupperware/storage bins, and Thermos

Load Securement

Bunge Cords, Load Chains, Load Bars, Load Straps, and Locks

Office Supplies

Atlas, Briefcase, Calculator, Clipboard, Log Books, Log Book Binder, Maps, Notebooks, Paper, and Pens/Pencils

Personal Hygiene

Hand Sanitizer, Laundry, Showers, and Shower Shoes


Bolt Cutters, Buffer, Crowbar, Duct Tape, Electrical Tape, Fifth Wheel Puller, Flashlight, Hammer, Pliers, Screwdrivers, Tire Iron, and Wrenches

Transportation & Lodging

Air Fare, Bus Fare, Cab Fare, and Hotel/Motel Stays

Download our printable list of Tax Write Offs for Truck Driver

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