Today TaxMama® hears from Pia in the TaxQuips Forum, with the kind of question people often ask. “We were wondering if it is tax-deductible to deduct the installation of hardwood floors for my autistic daughter who is severely allergic to carpet. Carpet causes uncontrolled seizures.”
Courtesy of the IRS If you are self-employed, the IRS wants you to know about a tax deduction generally available to people who are self-employed. The deduction is for medical, dental or long-term care insurance premiums that self-employed people often pay for themselves, their spouse and their dependents. The insurance can also cover your child […]
Today TaxMama® hears from Farmer in the TaxQuips Forum, with a reasonable question. “Can you take a deduction of Mutual Fund operating expenses (12b fees?) on Schedule A, subject to the two-percent floor?”
Today TaxMama® hears from bhusler28 in the TaxQuips Forum with a good question. “I recently got divorced. Right now the deed is in my name, but the loan is in both my ex-husband’s name and my name. When we file our taxes, we are unsure as to who gets to claim the taxes from the […]
Today TaxMama® reads the Tax Prof Blog’s notes about who benefits from the mortgage deduction. According to an analysis reported in the NY Times, only 30% of Americans really benefit from this deduction. They are essentially in the “upper-middle and upper-income households.” Doesn’t that make you feel rich? What is the reality?
Today TaxMama® hears from Lori in the TaxQuips Forum with a case of wishful thinking. “I have a couple of clients that have an average of $3,000 worth of employee expense deductions. None of them itemize on Schedule A. Can I still take the standard deduction, plus a negative amount (from form 2106) on 1040 […]
Today TaxMama® hears from Alice in the TaxQuips Forum with a valid question. “On line 39a of the Form 1040, if a box is checked, resulting in a deduction for those over 65 years old, where do we put the amount? And what line is it deducted on from?
Today TaxMama hears from Mike in the Tax Quips Forum, who is unclear on the concept. “My 7 month certificate of deposit (in an IRA) will expire in November 2011. I used this money as a tax deduction for 2010. If I re-invest in another 7 month CD, at the same bank, can I use this […]
Today TaxMama hears from Dil in the TaxQuips Forum, who needs clarification. “The issue is related to the definition of ‘qualified educational institution.’ The institution is a regionally accredited one, but the full definition of ‘qualified educational institution’ requires that it be a Title IV institution – one whose students may receive federal financial aid. The […]
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 […]
Today TaxMama hears from James in Delaware, with this problem. “We were robbed in January and the cost of items stolen well exceeded the insurance companies total reimbursement of (10%). Can we claim any of the non covered loss in the 2009 tax year and how?”
Today TaxMama hears from Tomika in North Carolina who wants to know. “Can a for profit company receive a tax deduction for donating a website to a school? The only in-kind contributions I found were listed as a disclaimer on the non profit books. Would the website be considered as a non deductible donation for […]