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Deduct glasses and lenses

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Easiness to justify
Average amount deducted€ 500-750 per yearFrequency1/5x per year
Deducted by53% of independentsRecommended by0% of independentsDo you deduct this expense?Would you recommend this expense?

You can deduct (part of) your glasses or lenses as professional expenses.

Deduct prescription glasses and lenses as a professional expense

The question is similar to any other expense: are prescription glasses necessary for your work as an independent?

  • If you only use them for professional purposes, they are 100% deductible for both tax and VAT.
  • If you use them half in a professional and half in a private context, you will deduct 50%.

We would definitely not recommend deducting the full amount but rather a portion of the cost. Be also mindful of the total cost: purchasing made-on-measure designer glasses for 2,000€+ will likely be considered an unreasonable expense and be completely rejected in case of tax audit.

What about blue glasses ?

Blue glasses are a great way to offset the effect of the screens you use in your daily work: they are the perfect target for deductible expenses and should be very easy to justify.

Go for it if you can.

And what about deducting sunglasses?

It is much harder to justify you need sunglasses to work, so we would recommend not deducting such expenses. Your choice, naturally.

Hassan AyedHassan AyedAccountant & Tax Advisor, managing director of A.Fiducia

Expert’s advice

The case for eye-correction surgery Every year, every 2 years, you have to replace your glasses. It is expected: you wear them at work, they wear down. As a business, you can decide to invest in surgery to reduce that cost and therefore deduct a part of the surgery, ideally spread over several years - in the same proportion of what you were deducting for your glasses or lenses. This one is ⭐️.

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