Tag Archives: Deductions

Deducting Uniforms

  Today TaxMama® hears from our friend Kristi who is starting a new job. “My new job requires me to wear brown pants and either a certain green or blue shirt.  I would only wear these clothes for work.  Does that qualify as a uniform?”  

Legal Fees on Cancelled Debt

Today TaxMama hears from Carole in the TaxQuips Forum, with this interesting question. “Can a person deduct legal fees paid to lawyers that negotiated their debt (both personal & business credit cards as well as a mortgage on their personal home) as an itemized deduction? I’ve read that legal fees for collecting or producing taxable income […]

CCH Identifies 10 Deductions That Make It Easy to Reduce Your Taxes

Courtesy of CCH – they write some of THE best material! (RIVERWOODS, ILL., February 17, 2011) – Whether you itemize or take the standard deduction, there are plenty of above-the-line deductions that can mean even greater tax savings, according to CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business and the leading global provider of tax, accounting and audit […]

Dogs in Kennels

Today TaxMama hears from Yvonne in Texas, who wants to know. “ A client that has a business has to go out of state to do a job. She has to kennel her dogs while she is away on business. Is this expense of kenneling her dog a legal expense for tax purposes?”

Missing Checks

Today TaxMama hears from Susan in Florida, with this issue. “If the owner of a business is able to provide bank statement, but no copies of checks, can the owner provide a written statement defining the percentage that was spent in each category? For example. 5% spent on Utilities, 30% spent on advertising, etc.”

Wish Upon A Hero

Today TaxMama hears from Martha in New Jersey, who found something interesting. “I found a website called www.wishuponahero.com and I bought some clothes for needy people. Is that a tax deductible including shipping?”

IRS Notice 2007-47 – Deductibility of Lodging Expenses

[TaxMama note: This looks like a really important announcement. Especially if it means what I think it means! OK, I am sitting here trying to get my head around this phrase “not incurred in traveling away from home”. And I think I have it finally figured out – but have a call in to IRS […]

Firefighter-EMT Meals

Today TaxMama hears from Janice in the Tax Parlor who asks, ” I have a client who is an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician). His shifts are 24 hours at a time. Are EMT’s on 24-hour shifts eligible to deduct per diem for meals? Of course he says that his coworkers take the deduction. ” ~~~~ […]