Deductions

Deducting Travel Costs Related to Volunteer Work

When not spending these hot summer days at the pool, golf course, or the air conditioned great indoors, many people take time out of their summer schedules to volunteer with a local charity. Volunteering often involves traveling to and from … read more

Tax Deduction for Non-Dependent Medical Expenses

Most of us know that qualified medical expenses are tax deductible when paid for a qualified dependent. But what about medical expenses you pay for someone who does not qualify as your dependent? Not hard to imagine it happening these … read more

It’s the End of the Line for Some Popular Credits and Deductions

Did you know that while many tax rules are permanent, others are written to expire at some point in the future? These expiring items are often granted a temporary extension, but a significant number of popular “extenders” terminated at the … read more

Medical Expense Deductions: Changes in 2013

Most people around the country may not pay much attention to medical expenses, because in order to take a deduction, the rule is that you needed a lot of expenses. That is because until January 1, 2013, you needed medical … read more

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

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