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Questions tagged [tax-deduction]

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Can I take self-employed health insurance deduction?

I am trying to figure how much of my Medicare premiums and Medicare Advantage (MA) premiums qualify as self-employed health insurance deduction (SEHID) "above the line" on line 29 of Schedule 1. ...
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Qualified Business Income Deduction (QBI)

Where is the Qualified Business Income Deduction (QBI) calculated or deducted? I'm using a free service online, but I'd also like to manually fill out the information to double check that I and the ...
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Standard deductions for resident alien J1 w/ tax treaty

Someone with a J1 Scholar visa becomes a resident alien for tax purposes in the US on Jan 1, 2018 (following the two calendar years' rule). Still, under the saving clause, it may be possible to claim ...
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Property purchase Abroad. Tax deductions

I live in US. I purchased a couple properties a few years ago abroad. I did not take mortgage. I paid it from my savings account abroad. I heard we can claim tax deductions even for the past purchases ...
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Will I have to pay taxes if there are more than 10 lakhs worth of transactions?

I am a CSE student in a college Andhra Pradesh, India. My friend and I have created a web application to automate hostel payments with which students can pay their bills monthly. We use the PayTM web ...
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Not entering info on tax return

My wife and I make too much to get any deduction for our student loan interest. Our situation also puts us in the Standard Deduction, and we arent itemizing. Question is, do I need to enter all our ...
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Deferring a W2 income to another year for tax return filing

I worked for 3 companies in two states. I moved to my current company on Dec 1, 2018. I got bonuses and sign-on bonus from all 3 companies (although I returned the sign-on bonus to one because I left ...
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Business losses for expenses incurred by a foreign contractor

I am a resident of California (Green Card holder), and started a new business in 2018 to evaluate an idea I had. It was not registered in state of CA as I was not sure how far the idea can go. Anyway, ...
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How much of my state income tax refund is considered taxable income?

Under the previous tax law, if you itemized and deducted your state income taxes but then got a state income tax refund, the refund was considered taxable income in the subsequent year's federal ...
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Is there a personal tax liability on corporate ESA contributions?

According to the IRS publication on Coverdell ESA, https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc310: You may be able to contribute to a Coverdell ESA to finance the beneficiary's qualified education expenses. ...
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Can I deduct wages I pay to my personal assistant?

Imagine I have a personal assistant, ie, an employee or independent contractor who helps me with my personal tasks, eg, booking personal travel, running personal errands, purchasing personal products &...
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Tax filing, visa status changed from F-1 to H1B

As obvious as it is, I am looking to get maximum out of my tax return. I was on the F1 student visa for 4 years August 2013 to September 2017. I was still exempt at the end. My H1B started in ...
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Is the principal on student loans tax deductible in Canada?

A friend was suggesting to me that it would be wiser for me not to spend money that I am currently earning, since as a student, I am in a very low tax bracket / below the lowest tax bracket. Their ...
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Freelance Writer / First Year Paying Self Employment Taxes

This year I pay taxes on income earned in 2018 for freelance work I did for a foreign company. According to the IRS, because this was my first year, I didn't have a previous years income for quarterly ...
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Do I report gross income or the total after taxes when reporting earnings?

When reporting to the Social Security Administration do I report gross income or the total after tax deductions? I will be holding the amount for taxes until "tax season". I report monthly to the SSA ...
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charitable donation values for medical devices/gear

I made a donation to Goodwill that included 2 back braces and a foam wedge used for exercising. How can I estimate a value? Most of the valuation guides cover clothes / appliances / furniture / ...
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Better if parents claim me as a dependent or I get the education credits?

Which route would offer more tax credits for the family? I claim $10k+ of education expenses and receive credit by filing as parents can claim me but won't. My parents claim me as a dependent and ...
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Non Tax Deductible funds accidentally put into traditional IRA

This last calendar year (2018) I opened up a traditional IRA and contributed $5500. However I did not do all my homework and discovered, after the fact, that money is only tax deductible if I don't ...
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Why do we pay taxes on something that we can later deduct from taxes?

I live in Germany and have been asking myself this for quite some time. When I hire and pay a craftsman in Germany, I pay taxes. These taxes are paid by the craftsman to the state. At the end of the ...
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Form 8936 for 2018- Qualified Plug-in Electric Drive Motor Vehicle Credit

I have been looking for form 8936 for 2018 in order to file my tax returns but have been able to find only the one for 2017 as below. https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/about-form-8936 Is there an ...
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Two jobs in two cities - tax deductible travel expenses?

I'm considering the following scenario for employment and wondering how it will affect my taxes. I am a resident of a large city, say Las Vegas, and am considering commuting to another distant city, ...
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Contribution limits and deadlines for HSA clarification

Taken from here. Partial Year Contributions If you establish an HSA by at least December of any year, your maximum contribution is the maximum amount (described above) for that calendar year. ...
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IRS Tax Rules for Capital Gains on Sale of Stock

Bob has a stock that is worth 50% more than what Bob paid. Bob would like to avoid paying tax on the gain so he donates 10% of the shares shares to a charity through a donor-advised fund. Bob decides ...
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Can I deduct 529 college savings plan contribution from California income tax as a gift?

When I contribute to a 529 college savings plan, can I deduct the contribution from my California income tax as part of the gift tax exclusion (up to $15000)?
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How Much tax we can save by investing in ELSS Mutual Funds

If Mr.ABC's Taxable income is 3Lakh , than his Auditor telling he need to pay 22,000Rs tax in FY 2018-19, so if he invest 50k or 1 Lakh in ELSS Mutual funds, than how much tax he will save ?
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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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Why did the federal government ever allow taxpayers to deduct their state taxes from their federal taxes? [closed]

At the end of 2017, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act with among other things eliminated the federal tax deduction for state taxes paid. Essentially, the federal government ...
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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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Roth IRA Conversion vs Recharacterization

Despite trying to hit the nail on the head, I managed to put more into my Traditional IRA for 2018 than I will be able to deduct due to Traditional IRA phaseout limits. The last thing I want is to ...
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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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Income Tax Deduction / Reimbursement of Rs.15000/- per year

Can the purchase of medical equipment like Blood Monitor Machine, Blood Sugar Machine etc. be claimed under the medical reimbursement or income tax deduction of up to Rs.15000 per financial year for ...
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VAT on purchasing home abroad (Italy)

I am a US permanent resident considering buying a property in Italy. This will entail a 10% VAT on the home value. Can I declare this as a tax credit or as a tax deduction for my US taxes? (Please ...
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Does a gain in one brokerage account and a loss in another brokerage balance each other out for tax purposes?

I have different investments in two different brokerage accounts A and B. Investments in A are up 500 and in B are down 500. If I were to sell both of these in the same year (without any other losses ...
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Reduce LLC profits by putting towards spouse's IRA?

I have a full time job. I also own a LLC (sole proprietor). I have some profits from my LLC this year. My spouse and I file jointly. My spouse is not currently employed. Can I move the profits from ...
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Can I Expense Reimbursements To An Employee Who Received Medical Treatment In A Foreign Country?

I have an employee who was sent to a foreign country on a business trip. He got in an accident while he was there and had to be treated at a hospital. Since he was there on a company trip, we ...
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Medical expenses tax deductions - billed vs. paid

In the USA, total medical expenses above a threshold may be deducted from taxes. If a medical expense occurs in December and the bill is paid in January, for tax purposes, does this expense occur in ...
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I have sole custody of my child but the child's father's brother claimed him as a tax deduction

I have court papers showing that I have full and sole custody of my son and that he was with me like 99% of the year. I let my son's father have him a few weekends last year but only a handful. My ...
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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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Can I purchase gift cards this year and deduct as a business expense, and spend the cards next year?

If my friend was to buy 5k in Amazon gift cards for himself before the year end knowing that he was going to spend those during the 2019 fiscal year, with the idea that he would be writing this off as ...
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On what amount am I supposed to pay VAT for sales?

My question comes after reading this article about Amazon paying just £15 million in tax for European revenues of over £9 billion. Here, I am confused about when businesses pay VAT (VALUE ADDED TAX). ...
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Taxes - Extra money at the end of the year

Background I run a small business and we have a fortune 500 company as one of our clients. This is great and all except that they push us around as far as finances are concerned. They always pay, but ...
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Identifying the field for Lohnermäßigung/Steuerfreibetrag in the official German tax deduction spec

In Germany, you can get kind of discount on your tax if you are paying for a Kindergarten. This is called in general Lohnsteuerermäßigung and gives you a Steuerfreibeitrag (there are obviously also ...
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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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Married filing separately - Can I take standard deduction if spouse has zero itemized deductions

I read on IRS website "Your standard deduction is zero and you should itemize any deductions you have if: Your filing status is married filing separately, and your spouse itemizes deductions on his or ...
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Set off computer against tax liability

I'm an employed programmer, officially not working from home. A friend told me, that you can set off your personal computer and up to specific values, you would not have to prove your work related ...
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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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How gifting money to Parents helps in Tax saving in India?

My Salary in a FY is Rs.6,50,000. If I gift 50k to my Father who is retired but getting pension, will I get a 50k tax benefit? If Yes, then under which section would it be? 80C or other? Secondly, if ...
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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 ...