I have had this discussion with a few other techs and haven't come up with what I should do yet. Namely, I have been told I can either deduct what I have paid on my tools, or what I have actually purchased. Now the amount I have actually purchased is about 50% of my pay for last year. Thats a lot to deduct. I have been told however, whatever I do is what I have to continue doing. So next year I would have to deduct only what I purchased for the year. I am sure I will be purchasing another large amount of stuff next year(need a new toolbox very soon, and still don't have half the stuff I need on a weekly basis). So what do you guys do come deduction time?