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Questions tagged [tax-deduction]

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Which is the correct source for the correct German Lohnsteuer deduction?

Coming from here, I have now the following data and must say I'm quite puzzled. Which value is correct now? #1 Given the reference data from a German software company specializing on tax software. ...
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Calculated 30% return from opening 0% promo credit cards for charitable contributions, is this right?

TL;DR Just how good is doubling up itemized contributions in 2018, using that to meet minimum spend for credit card bonuses, and taking the standard deduction in 2019? With the US tax code changes in ...
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How to take advantage of a no-income year (taxwise) when you could sell stock with capital gains?

I didn´t have much income this year, so I was thinking of selling any stock with capital gains. The purpose of this sell is to take advantage of the standard deduction and the 0% tax on capital gains ...
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Tax deduction macros in Python for Germany

I work to implement a set of German tax deduction macros in Python for private use and have some errors, one of my troubles is correct deduction of Lohnsteuer. There are quite many online calculators ...
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Can I claim management fee as business expense?

Location is New Zealand. I have an agency that looks after a rental property for me, and they charge me management fee every two weeks. The tenants pay the agency rent, the agency deducts their ...
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Self-employed, Medicare, Retiree: Box 5 on 1099-R is empty; is health insurance deductible (1040, Line 29)?

If Box 5 on a 1099-R is empty, does that mean that health insurance premiums for a self-employed retiree can be deducted on line 29 of the 1040? (Assumption: All other requirements for 1040 line 29 ...
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Optimizing property insurance payments for tax purposes

I own a residential rental property in the United States. I recently received the bill to pay the property insurance on it. The bill can be paid in full this month, or I can pay it in monthly ...
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How are deductions divided between ordinary income and long term capital gains?

The question applies to the US federal income tax for tax year 2018. To make things concrete, let's suppose I have $50k in ordinary income and $50k in long term capital gains. I plan to use the ...
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Can I claim standard business expenses incurred earlier than the date my LLC was formed?

I want to form an LLC for my web development business. However, I incurred a bunch of expenses during the year that I'd like to be able to deduct. I know you can claim startup costs, but these are ...
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I own a corporation taxed as an S corp which hires me to do web development/consulting. Does the company income qualify as QBI under the TCJA?

In defining a "qualified trade or business", the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) excludes a "specified service trade or business" and lists "consulting" in its list of disqualified business types. But ...
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Do I not qualify for any education tax breaks?

I'm planning on going back to school for a graduate degree. Looking at the different tax breaks I could find related to education: The American Opportunity tax credit: This is not an undergraduate ...
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If a church does not ask for 501(c)3 exemption, are charitable contributions to it tax exempt?

In the United States, most churches file for 501(c)3 tax exemption. Some churches choose not to, sometimes as a matter of belief that they should not be "licensed" in any way by a government. It is ...
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How can all medical expenses be deducted from taxable income for a business with owner and 1 other employee?

How would I best set things up so as to fully fund my and my employees healthcare and reduce taxable income. I am am considering forming an LLC or S-Corp but don't know the pros and cons in this ...
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Mortgage interest tax deduction

I am having some issues figuring out how the tax deduction for mortgage interest works. This is for California, USA I have a home that I bought for $807,000, with 2 loans: $645,600 at 4.5% $80,700 ...
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Calculate order discount correctly when Tax is set per unit?

I'm sure this has been asked before, but I could not find an answer when I searched. Lets say I have an invoice with 3 line items shown below (All excluding tax) SomeItemOne - Cost:£2.45 | Qty:1 ...
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Tax deduction for work-space-in-the-home expenses

For reference, I am in Ontario, Canada, I am an hourly non-exempt employee (T4 is issued every year, entitled to overtime pay if working more than 8h a day, 1.5X pay + statutory holiday pay [such as ...
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INR 10 million borrowed from friend at 7% interest per annum

If my friend transfers INR 10,000,000 into my bank account and we make a legal document for the same to return the amount at 7% per annum for next 12 yrs, should I pay tax on the same? If my salary ...
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USA, tax, business travel overseas, lodging / M&IE allowance system?

Say you are in the US. You are self-employed. During the year you have to travel to country X (say, Japan) for 20 days to see one of your clients. It is pure 100% business travel. For travel within ...
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Tax deduction for donating to international charity

If one sponsors a child from an impoverished country through a charity like Save the Children international, can this contribution still be considered tax deductible in Australia?
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Was the brouhaha on pre-paying real estate tax in 2017 for 2018 taxes ever resolved, and if so, how?

The new tax bill (Federal, United States) allows only a $10,000 deduction for 2018 for state income tax plus real estate tax. There was considerable backing and forthing on this as the tax bill ...
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Qualifying as a Professional Musician to Deduct Cost of Instruments

I've been a hobbyist musician my whole life, playing random paying gigs from time to time. The group I am with now all have day-jobs as non-musicians, but we plan to start playing shows and recording ...
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Isn't “I bought [blank] as a tax writeoff” complete nonsense?

There's a trope in movies where people do something to keep from being bumped into a higher tax bracket (For example, in The Big Lebowski: "I'll have to check with my accountant, but it might bump me ...
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Writing off purchases to improve rental property when partner made the purchases

I bought my split-level house from my mother and moved in. I rented the upstairs to a couple of tenants. They use the upstairs while my girlfriend and I use the downstairs (except for two shared ...
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When would it be better to pay my public transport ticket at once vs. in 12 monthly installments?

I live in Germany and I use public transport to go to work. I have a yearly public transport ticket which costs 1000€. The transport association offers me the choice of paying 1000€ in one transfer ...
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Can I claim a tax deduction for my occupational physical therapy if I'm an independent contractor?

I'm an independent contractor doing web development consulting. Due to the nature of my work, I am constantly sitting still - many times with bad posture. This has caused me to have back soreness and ...
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Standard Tax increase starting 2018 and itemized deductions

I am trying to purchase a house in the next few months. The 2018 Standard Deduction for married couples filing jointly will be $24k. I think that to reach this limit with itemized deductions, I would ...
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529 Account: Contribution, re-imbursement and state income tax deduction all in 2018?

Would the following series events be a sensible course of action? Scenario: Person pays out of pocket after tax for two Masters degree courses in June 2018 and August 2018: tuition fees of $2500 ...
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How tax is deducted on my fixed deposits?

I was filing income tax online. I came across tax deducted on my fixed deposit: Tax on 2nd FD seems to be correctly deducted at 10%: 78/777 = 10% But it seems that tax on 1st FD is deducted at 14%: ...
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Roth 401(k) Contribution Limits

Please consider an individual, in the US, who has net earnings from self employment of $8000 who wishes to contribute to a Roth 401(k) plan. For tax purposes these earnings can be reduced by 20% due ...
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Can an independent contractor deduct the cost of a “home-made” meal when service is provided at a client's place of business?

Suppose an independent contractor (IC) has a principal place of business (location A) in which the IC provides a service to a client. However, with some regularity, the IC provides the service at the ...
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USA 2018 tax write-off - Meals for Employees

We do a lot of work with 1099 contracted "employees". Does the food write-off count for w9 contractors or just w2 employees?
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I don't understand the Qualified Business Income Deduction?

In the USA, the new tax laws include a: Qualified Business Income Deduction I cannot find one place that explains this and whether it is good or bad. Example situation: Married person, with an ...
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How to receive funds from outside India in Personal Indian Bank Account number?

I have an account in HDFC bank at Gurugaon district of Haryana. Now I have to receive the money from some foreign party , Can I accept the payment in above account? Will there be any TDS deduction ? ...
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USA: Can I deduct the cost of solar power that I didn't earn back in credits?

I am located in the USA. The federal government allows a 30% tax credit on solar. Details here: http://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/1235 In addition to that, it appears to me that ...
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Reclaiming value out of a car needing expensive repair [duplicate]

I have a car that I purchased for $6k. It drives fine, but needs a new computer, which will cost $2.8k. The diagnosis already cost $400. Given that doing this repair will be 46% of the car value, I am ...
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Can calculation of the amount of tax I will need to pay if I take a home loan be done if I present actual figures?

This is related to the India. So an answer pursuant to the Indian IT rules would be much appreciated. Let's say my income details are: Gross Annual Income: Rs.10,50,000 HRA received from employer: ...
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How can I claim a tax deduction for home improvements made to my rental property?

Scenario I need to do 5k worth of home improvement in the form of replacing an A/C and a furnace. The property is a rental and I'm probably going to break even this year. On the other hand, I have ...
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Casualty loss is only basis, not fair market value, for tax purposes?

I just want to verify that I have a correct understanding of the IRS position that casualty loss deductions are only the basis of the property lost, not its fair market value. For example, lets say ...
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With a lump sum severance, is the employer responsible for paying any portion of the withholdings?

I received a lump sum severance payment, with the typical withholdings for federal, state, medicare, and social security. I was under the impression that a company shares some of that responsibility ...
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Does it make sense to seek tax deduction for a lecturer with 15K a year

I am a lecturer with salary 15K per year. Does it make sense to seek deductions in my current situation?
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How long to save losing lottery tickets (USA)

I know I can write off losing lottery tickets (a) up to the amount of any winnings, and (b) provided I itemize my federal taxes. But does that apply only to losses in the same year as winnings, or ...
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Used ToD life insurance to pay estate bills; any tax benefit to the insurance beneficiary? (USA)

The deceased owned the life insurance policy and named a single beneficiary to receive the insurance money (transfer on death). That single beneficiary used all of the life insurance proceeds to pay ...
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What should I claim on tax withholding?

I currently just graduated and received a job! Wahoo! My Dad told me he is still going to claim me though, for this year anyways. First question is: What does that really mean? Also, should I claim a ...
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Taxation on money earned working remotely for a US company while living as an expat

As a US citizen, if I work a US based tech job remotely from a foreign country as a permanent resident (Latvia if it matters), but all my money is paid into US accounts, is this money still considered ...
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S-Corp 1040 deduction?

If I own an s Corp and the s corps pay my health insurance do I take a deduction on form 1040? And if I take a deduction on 1040 do I get that exact same amount back in a refund?
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cash out refi question

If I refinance a commercial property and take money out to pay off my primary residence- is this a taxable event? and is the mortgage interest on the new commercial loan tax deductible? Property is ...
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LLC with $100K Profit - How to Reduce Taxable Income via Spending and Investments?

I'm a US citizen with a US-based single-member LLC operating in the internet space that will have $100K of profit / taxable income this year. I'm looking for ways to creatively (and legally) spend/...
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Can I deduct an office space rental if I am not self employed?

As a remote worker, I'm looking at renting an office space $250/mo. I am not self employed but instead working for a company. Is this expense tax deductible?
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2018 Federal Income Tax Deduction for Owner Occupied Rental Property

I live in a 3 bedroom condo in California and decided to rent out 2 of the bedrooms and live in one. The mortgage is $1M and interest is $4000 per month HOA is $600 per month Property tax is $1000 ...
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W-2 contractor loopholes

I am working as a W-2 contractor, not as a 1099 contractor (i.e., pay quarterly). Are there any loopholes or write-offs that I should be saving receipts for? Driving from location to location, gas, ...