Waterford, MI asked in DUI / DWI and Tax Law for Michigan

Q: Tax-wise, is there a way to write off the cost of mandated drug/alcohol testing and/or fines and fees paid to the court?

I plead guilty to an OWI charge. I've paid over $2000 to the court and will be paying over $2000 in accumulated costs associated with mandatory drug and alcohol testing ordered by my probation officer. Having kept receipts, are those costs able to be deducted when doing taxes? Can I write off mileage to and from the testing location?

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: You'll need to consult with a tax attorney or other tax professional, particularly about whether mileage is deductible. It will all obviously depend on your overall tax situation; with the raised standard deduction starting with this tax year, a lot of people who used to itemize may no longer be able to do so, which would make your question a moot point if you are one of those people.

Very generally, I am unaware of allowable deductions for fines, fees, or costs related to criminal activities.

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