Mamma Mia! Who Can Deduct That?

I couldn’t help click on a headline the other day “Abba Wore Flashy Clothing as a Tax Deduction”. The article discussed the Swedish pop group Abba’s on stage outfits. In a new book published to mark the 40th anniversary of … read more

What’s New On the 2013 Form 1040 and Related Forms and Schedules Part 2

Part I examined Form 1040 itself. This part covers related forms and schedules. Form 1040—Schedule A, Itemized Deductions Line 1. Medical and dental expenses. The 2013 standard mileage rate for medically-related use of an auto is 24¢ per mile. Line … read more

What’s New On the 2013 Form 1040 and Related Forms and Schedules

With the start of tax season on Jan. 31, the IRS has now released on its website final tax forms and instructions for the 2013 Form 1040 and its related schedules. The instructions to the Form 1040 for 2013 carry … read more

Claiming Home Business Deductions

Claiming a deduction for the business use of the home can be confusing to some taxpayers, and they can easily end up overstating or understating this deduction. Assuming that part of the home is used in a way that qualifies under … read more

A Simpler Way to Take the Deduction for Business Use of Home

There are now two ways to calculate the deduction for the business use of the home, also called the home office deduction. The first way is using actual expenses. The taxpayer first calculates the percentage of space in the home … read more

Can I Deduct the Costs of a Spouse on a Business Trip?

You are going on a business trip and bringing your spouse. It would be nice if you could deduct some of their expenses as well as your own, but is that allowed? The rules for deducting a spouse’s travel costs … read more

Can I Deduct Rent Paid to a Related Party?

Just because you are paying rent to a related party doesn’t mean that you can pay whatever you want or get by without a rental agreement if you want your deductions to hold up. Related party rent is an issue … read more

Job Search Expenses May Lower Your Taxes

The job market is becoming increasingly competitive as more and more people seek new employment opportunities. Searching for a new job may be a daunting task, but the good news is you can deduct these expenses on your 2013 tax … read more

Arizona Governor Signs Depreciation Bill

Governor Jan Brewer signed a depreciation bill on Wednesday, June 26, which eliminated the cap on Section 179 expense deductions for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2013. According to a recent article on CNBC, it is expected … read more

Arizona Legislature Assists Repair, Installation and Maintenance Businesses with TPT Relief

Repair, installation and maintenance companies in Arizona have often been classified as contractors for purposes of transaction privilege tax (TPT).  While this allowed them to purchase supplies tax-free, it subjected them to the standard 30% contractor deduction for labor, regardless … read more


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