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Deducting home costs if I work from home on the side?

I have a question on how to claim deductions if I use my home as a home office. See http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/ndvdls/tpcs/ncm-tx/rtrn/cmpltng/ddctns/lns206-236/229/cmmssn/hm-eng.html Let us say ...
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Form 4797 for listed property that never exceeded 50% business use

My tax software is setting up an IRS Form 4797 for business property that is no longer being used for business. The asset in question is a vehicle that is also listed property and has never been used ...
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Can self-employed individuals deduct their mileage spent commuting to events?

I'm a self-employed individual who works in the event setup/execution/teardown industry. I am preparing my taxes and I'm trying to figure out if I can deduct my mileage spent commuting from my house ...
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Contribute to RRSP without deducting?

I am in a lower income bracket, however, like the idea of contributing to an RRSP because any earnings within the plan are tax-exempt. Is it possible to contribute to my RRSP, but not have it deduct ...
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Can I deduct a 2013 donation to charity on my 2014 tax return?

In 2013 I made a donation to a charity. In early 2014, I included a copy of the donation receipt with all the paperwork I sent to my CPA. When he filed my 2013 tax return, he forgot to deduct the ...
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Moved with my girlfriend for her new job, I paid moving expenses, which she later repaid. Can she claim moving deduction? (USA)

Moved with my girlfriend for her new job, I paid moving expenses, which she later repaid. Can she claim the moving deduction? (We're in the US)
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When filing taxes can I apply deductions of the current year for a future year instead?

I have some substantial deductions via donations and medical expenses. Unfortunately it does not seem like my income is high enough for them to be considered this year. After going through the steps ...
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Investing in EIS and SEIS

Does anyone have experience with EIS or SEIS-qualifying investments? I know the principle , I've seen a lot of videos on YouTube but how does it work for real? for example: - I'm investing money on ...
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Are health insurance premiums obtained through ACA deductible for the self employed?

This IRS article, and this answer on money.se seem to indicate that health insurance premiums are deductible for the self employed. However, turbo tax, when entering this deduction, specifically warns ...
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Recapture (repay) all or part of that credit or deduction

I use TaxAct to prepare my tax return for 2014. I got the warning below. Warning: Form 1098-T Prior Year Entries One or more of MySon's 1098-Ts contain entries in box 4 for prior year ...
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How do I deduct state tax overpayment when going from “married filing jointly” to “single”

In 2013 I was married filing jointly. We had underpaid our state taxes by $24,000 so we wrote a check to the state for $24,000. In 2014 we divorced, and are filing separately. The $24,000 can be ...
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Can I claim a child as a dependent on my tax return as a J-1 visa holder?

I'm at loss how to proceed here. I'm a J-1 student graduating with a Ph.D. in May. The whole previous academic year I've been abroad working on my dissertation. My wife has had a J-2, which expired ...
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Unused Education Tax Credit carryover amounts in ON Canada

I am filing taxes in Ontario, Canada, using simpletax.ca which has been a super useful platform. I am struggling to understand how it is calculating my refund, however. From 2013, I have $16,473 in ...
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What home expenses can I claim back from working full time at home for a business in the UK?

Our company is considering no longer having an office and making all the staff work from home. We all work primarily online running a website, so our work is done purely on a computer. With working ...
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Can my UK limited company claim tax relief on donations to foreign charities?

I'm English, and run a company that's based in the UK and registered with the UK Companies House. I want to donate some money to charity, but one of the charities I have in mind isn't based in the UK. ...
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Federal treatment of recaptured depreciation paid to DC?

Can I deduct from 2014 federal taxes the amount of recaptured depreciation paid to DC for 2013 on the sale of a property that was part rental/part principal residence?
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Number of postsecondary schools attended?

I use TaxAct to prepare my tax return for year 2014. Now I am working on education/tuition part. There is a field Number of postsecondary schools attended under Student Information - Qualifications. ...
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1040NR-EZ: Previous year's paid state tax & Itemized deductions

I am a using the online-tax software (Glacier) to generate my 1040NR-EZ or 1040NR form, and have paid a state tax in the previous year tax return. For this year's return, I am unsure whether I should ...
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Tuition from tax deduction

I paid $2714.00 tuition for my son in 2014. But my company reimbursed me 100%. Should I skip the tuition part? My initial thought was to ignore it, but I did purchase a lot textbooks. So I have to ...
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Tax Exemption on Home loan on property on Father's name in INDIA

We have an independent house registered on my father's name. I took a loan for construction of first floor. The bank has granted the loan after submission of documents and verifications. My father is ...
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Determine if my foreign taxes resulted from ordinary or qualified dividends?

My 1099-DIV lists an amount in box 6 for 'foreign tax paid'. These are a result of an emerging markets ETF I own. However, TaxAct is asking whether these are Foreign source ordinary dividends or ...
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Paid My Property Taxes Late--In Which Year Do I Get the Deduction?

I paid the second installment of my property taxes late for 2014. They were due 2014, but I paid them in 2015. Can I deduct them on my 2014 taxes, or do I need to wait until I file in 2015? In ...
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Mortgage interest deduction isn't affecting total income tax refund/owed?

I am reporting 2014 tax with TaxAct software. One question is about mortgage interest deduction. We bought the house(marriage joint) on 1998. It is our main and only residence. The rough mortgage ...
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Donating to US versus Canadian charities to maximizing tax benefits

I am a US citizen and I have the option to make my charitable donations in either the US or Canada for the next few years. How do I maximize my tax benefit for a fixed donation size? My ...
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Under what circumstances is a membership a deductible donation?

I'm a member of the Chicago Children's Museum, which is a 501(c)(3) cultural organization. I pay $115 a year in membership dues. That membership includes free admission and a 10% discount on food ...
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Can I gift my wife 14k to reduce my tax liability?

If I can, can she use it for things like bills or shared expenses between us? If so, why aren't more people doing this? It seems like an easy way to shelter some money.
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Reporting 988 transactions on tax returns?

How do you report a 988 transaction on a tax return (on which IRS form) and how do you elect it as ordinary income/loss vs. capital gain/loss? I believe its covered in: 26 U.S. Code § 988 - Treatment ...
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Can I get home loan and claim tax benefit if I repay the loan for a property in India which is in my mother's name?

We are planning to buy a new house in India of which my mother will be the sole-owner. At present, she doesn't have any source of income. Now I have two questions in it. Is it possible for me to ...
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What can I do all year to be sure I get my best tax return or at least break even?

I don't own a house, I'm not married (but I will be by next tax season), I have no stocks or bonds. Buying a new car and paying student loan interest was the only deductions I could put down. I work a ...
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Working in Saudi since aug 14, am I considered as NRI and do I need to pay tax

I am working in Saudi Arabia since aug 14, am I considered as NRI and do I need to pay tax. I applied for NRE account in ICICI bank and application was processed later I was told by officer that I ...
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Claiming car as a business expense in the UK

I am filing my tax return as a self-employed in the UK and would like to claim my car as a business expense. I have read the "Rates for cars" section of this website: ...
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How much can I deduct as far as tax preparation costs?

Last year I paid a tax preparer to prepare some back filings as well as the filing for the year prior. How much of that is deductible? US, by the way.
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How to treat miles driven to the mechanic, gas station, etc when calculating business use of car?

I have a home-based business. If during the 2014 tax year I drove a car: C miles for car-maintenance errands, B miles for business errands, and P miles for personal errands, if the total miles ...
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Form 16 for 0 tax payee?

I have several questions regarding tax computation, Do we have 2 form 16 for a financial year? If his salary is below tax bar, will he get the form 16? If tax is paid for 3 quarter of a financial ...
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Explain me the benefit of insurance policy

I have taken a life insurance policy from ICICI called "ICICI Pru Saving Suraksha LP". The details of my policy is given below. Term: 15 years Premium Amount: Rs 50,000.00 Sum Assured: Rs 500,000.00 ...
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Can I deduct money I paid to a friend to help rent out my condo?

On this IRS page it says you can deduct management fees related to renting a property. Does this only apply to professional property managers or management companies? I paid a friend to show my place ...
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Car expense deductions with multiple work locations

I'm trying to figure out the rules on deduction of car expenses as a business expense. I'm looking at IRS publication 463. Suppose that I work from home, but do not qualify for a business use of ...
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Having more tax deductables than tax paid

my income for 3/4 of the year is tax exempt, being in the form a scholarship living allowance. I expect to have many more deductible expenses, than the amount of tax I will pay. Particularly since I ...
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Will my wife's business losses offset my income on a joint tax return?

I'm filling for my taxes on a joint tax return. My wife is not working currently, but she is starting up a business. And with every business, starting is hard and will probably gonna take some time ...
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Can an International student of F1 VISA accept money in her US bank account on behalf of someone else?

My friend is an international student from India, studying in the US (F1 student VISA). I work from India and U.S. client is about to pay me for some writing services. The U.S client agreed to pay ...
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Are medical deductions and FSAs mutually exclusive?

I understand that medical expenses in excess of 10% of gross income can be deducted with a Schedule A. Can I do this even if I use a medical FSA (excluding the reimbursed part, of course)? For ...
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If my rental property income and mortgage payment are equal, do I need to pay income tax on any rent revenue?

Let's say I have a monthly mortgage payment of $1600 on a condo I own, and the condo is rented out for $1600. Then, I'm breaking even. Hence, I would not need to pay any tax on my rental income. Would ...
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How are Canada Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) & related tax measures changing in 2015?

Significant changes to Canada's Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) and related income tax measures were announced on October 30, 2014 by the Prime Minister. What exactly is changing w.r.t. UCCB and ...
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End-of-year purchase deductions

I'm a sole proprietor / contract employee (developer) in Texas (United States) and am planning to make a new hardware purchase. I remember being told that purchases made in the last quarter of the ...
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(US) What is the deduction for gifts of appreciated stock with restricted registration rights?

I have appreciated stock that I am allowed to give away to charitable transferees, but those transferees will have restricted registration rights for 12 months. They cannot sell the stock for 12 ...
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How can I calculate deductible percentage of business trip?

Here's my complicated situation. My wife is an author, and when her first book came out in January 2013, she, I and our two kids went on a 7 month book tour. This was an extreme but totally legitimate ...
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What does it mean to be “offset against taxable gains”?

In a shareholder's derivative litigation I have the following statement of the financial situation which this case arises from: "Plaintiffs contend that if the company were to sell the purchased ...
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What are some pre-tax programs similar to FSA that I can take advantage of?

I recently found out about Flexible Spending Accounts and was surprised to learn they could be used for Lasik, essentially saving me a good portion of the cost by making that income not be taxed. Are ...
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Can I deduct work equipment I am not required to purchase by my employer?

I am a software engineer and I find myself more productive and less fatigued with certain equipment: a mechanical keyboard, an IPS monitor and noise-cancelling headphones. My employer does not ...
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Can I deduct IRA contributions and take the standard deduction?

If I have the standard deduction on my taxes (that is, I don't itemize), can I deduct IRA contributions? If so, would that be for Traditional or Roth IRAs?