Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 175 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [tax-deduction]

To be used for any question related to tax deductions.

0
votes
0answers
2 views

Understanding tax benefits of NPS in India

This link says following: Under Section 80CCD (1b): In budget 2016, the government had introduced additional tax benefit for investment up to Rs 50,000 in NPS. If the taxpayer contributes more than ...
0
votes
1answer
27 views

Can a nonresident alien claim the NY State Standard Deduction (2018)?

Can a nonresident alien (Form 1040-NR-EZ) claim the NY State standard deduction or does he/she need to claim itemized deduction (like on the federal return)?
2
votes
1answer
108 views

Can one deduct lawyer consult fee less than $1000 for ex-employer's threat letter related to confidentiality in 2018 taxes?

Someone I know paid around $1000 last year to consult lawyers regarding a threatening letter from a former employer related to company confidential information where they threatened lawsuit and ...
22
votes
6answers
6k views

Is the Standard Deduction better than Itemized when both are the same amount?

For 2018 the standard deduction is $12,000 for individuals, $24,000 per household. If someone's itemized deductions equals the standard deduction, or is very close, which one is better to take? For ...
6
votes
2answers
492 views

In the U.S., can I deduct coffee as an expense if I am a self-employed software developer?

I work in coffee shops every day as I develop. Coffee shops have an unwritten (sometimes written) rule that you cannot use their wifi, power, and bathrooms without buying something. Because of that I ...
0
votes
1answer
36 views

Can an IRA contribution be made on the same date of the tax deadline and still count for that tax submission?

The deadline for taxes and IRA contributions for FY2018 in USA is April 15, 2019. If I haven't made a contribution yet for FY2018, can I go to a bank on Monday, April 15, 2019 and make a contribution ...
2
votes
1answer
64 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
111 views

Can a full time employee who also owns a side LLC claim “self-employed” deductions?

I am working full time for a corporation in NYC (I have w2). I also own my own side Educational LLC (EdTech) which has claimed $0.00 in income for 2018, but has accrued several thousand in startup ...
3
votes
2answers
916 views

Can donations to Canadian charities be claimed on US taxes?

This seems like it would be easily Google-able, but because I am located in Canada, all results are along the lines of "how to claim a US donation on your canadian taxes". My question is, if someone ...
5
votes
3answers
204 views

Are out of pocket hotel expenses deductible in this case?

My wife and I both have professional jobs and make pretty good money. My wife also got a part time job (W-2) at a ski resort this winter, mostly for fun, and was paid hardly anything (and only worked ...
4
votes
1answer
128 views

Tax preparer for my parents claiming me as a dependent

My parents run a family farm, and use a professional accountant to keep track of the business, and also prepare their taxes. However, he (the accountant) wants me to amend my tax return so my parents ...
4
votes
1answer
91 views

Sold wall map as fundraiser for a 501c3 non-profit. Need to report on tax returns? How?

In my spare time outside of my full time job, I produced a wall map for as a fundraiser for a 501c3-registered non-profit organization. I then sold the maps via FundRazr.com and money from sales was ...
5
votes
2answers
182 views

Is DIY car repair work deductible in any way when self-employed?

I am self-employed and I am proficient at repairing vehicles. I use my vehicle exclusively for work: my customers ask me to drive to one of their customer's location and I provide a service on site. I ...
2
votes
3answers
1k views

Are tax years 2016 & 2017 back taxes deductible for tax year 2018?

If someone, in 2018, pays taxes, including interest and penalties, owed for tax years 2016 and 2017, then can that person claim a deduction for the paid taxes, only the original amount and no the ...
3
votes
0answers
95 views

Expenses deducted on tax return with no proof. What should I do if I get audited?

I just filed my tax return for the 2018 tax year (NETFILE, with StudioTax). I work 100% at home, and I rent the place from a landlord. According to an agent of the Canada Revenue Agency, I am allowed ...
-3
votes
4answers
571 views

Standard deduction V. mortgage interest deduction - is it basically only for the rich?

In the USA experience: I find the whole "mortgage interest deduction V. standard deduction" issue confusing. Here's how I understand it: Everyone gets a $24,000 deduction. Great so far. If you like,...
15
votes
2answers
3k views

Can I deduct child's charitable deduction from my taxes?

My five year old daughter negotiated $20 in back allowance (we hadn't paid her allowance in a while, and she's a better negotiator than me) and then donated that money at her school to a charity for ...
0
votes
1answer
23 views

Self-employed: claim CPP for self on Line 9060 of T2125?

In Canada, self-employed individuals have to contribute more to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP): we have to pay both the employee and employer amount. Whereas employees just pay their employee amount ...
1
vote
1answer
100 views

Calculating Interest Paid for Federal Deduction on a UK Student Loan

My spouse has a UK student loan. The loan has a 1.5% interest rate, and you only start repayments once you earn over a certain threshold. They do a calculation of how much you need to repay which I ...
3
votes
1answer
131 views

Using the gift exception to get more money to charity

Like most middle class families after the 2018 tax code changes, even with a mortgage I'm very far from being able to itemize. Looking at how to optimally give to charity, it seems like a shame to not ...
1
vote
1answer
86 views

If you take the standard tax deduction, can you still claim the Child Tax Credit?

If you take the standard tax deduction, can you still claim the Child Tax Credit? I can't find the answer with Google.
0
votes
0answers
29 views

How do Rent Concessions affect the DC Renter Tax Credit?

I live in a rent-controlled apartment in Washington DC, and my landlord engages in a scheme to get around Washington DC’s rent control laws. How it works is that my nominal rent is $2000, but I get a ...
0
votes
1answer
56 views

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, ...
1
vote
3answers
360 views

How can a $10M deduction be worth $4-5M to a wealthy taxpayer?

I have a question about an answer that I read on Reddit's r/eli5 (Explain like I'm five) subreddit. The question was "How do rich people use tax donations as write-offs to save money? Wouldn't it be ...
1
vote
0answers
65 views

Tax Return Married NRA: Is Glacier Tax Prep fill the 1040NR out correctly?

I am an F1 student (NRA) and Married. Based on the new 1040NR(-EZ) instruction a married NRA cannot claim more than $5,000 deduction (1040NR Instruction). Glacier Tax Prep is a software provided to ...
1
vote
5answers
255 views

Are cash contributions to my church tax deductible?

Last year I contributed to the offering in church every week. I have few questions regarding this. I am not that rich, so I contribute whatever cash I have in my wallet. Can I enter this amount on my ...
3
votes
0answers
43 views

Can I deduct mileage if I'm a contractor who works at home and at an office?

I am a contractor and get a 1099. I perform some work at home, but much of my work is done at the office of the company I contracted with, and I drive to and from this office several times a week. ...
0
votes
0answers
20 views

How to claim motor vehicle expenses on taxes with incomplete information?

I am currently doing my sister's taxes, as stated in a previous post. She started working at this new job in May and her previous work was done at one single office location, hence she is not eligible ...
3
votes
2answers
152 views

Why is it mandatory to depreciate a rental property?

I don't understand why an investor is forced to depreciate a rental property. In many cases (say for an investor with one rental unit only) the depreciation amount is less than the standard deduction ...
0
votes
1answer
58 views

Should I pay off my home mortgage due to TCJA cutting SALT deductions?

Definition Under prior law, in addition to being allowed to deduct 100% of state and local income (or sales) taxes, homeowners could deduct 100% of their state and local personal property taxes. ...
1
vote
1answer
50 views

In the US, is cancer medication (for a parent living in South America), tax-deductible?

The cancer medication of my parent costs 10,000 USD a month. I would like to pay for this, but I wouldn't have enough money to live off of myself. I was wondering, would the expense would be tax ...
4
votes
4answers
11k views

Is “premium tax credit repayment” deductible as health insurance cost for self-employed?

Under the ACA, you estimate your income for the year when signing up for a health insurance plan via the exchange. If you are eligible for a subsidy, it is calculated based on this estimated income, ...
19
votes
2answers
3k views

Should I choose Itemized or Standard deduction?

I see I am saving more when I choose Itemized deduction, even though its less than standard deduction. Is that normal? And in this case should I choose itemized and disregard recommendation of Turbo ...
1
vote
0answers
41 views

1098-T with scholarship listed this year 2018 as “billed” but tuition was reported on 2017 year's 1098-T as “paid”

This is very confusing. I'm required to report the Tuition and Scholarship from my 1098-T. I paid the full year's tuition in 2017 (fall and spring 2018) so no Tuition was billed for 2018 (well ...
2
votes
0answers
64 views

How to deduct subway commuting and rent as a part-time remote contractor on a 1099-MISC?

I am working on a 1099-MISC as a consultant to a tech company. As an independent contractor, I decide the locations from where I provide my services. Most of the time, I am on site at the business ...
2
votes
0answers
41 views

Can you claim past unclaimed expenses from previous years on a rental property?

My question is the following: Let's say I have some repair renovations that were performed in 2016 that I never claimed in the 2017 tax year (because I had enough expenses to fully balance out the ...
4
votes
0answers
74 views

Write off accrued interest from interest income

My mother purchased a US government bond maturing 2019/04/15. The purchase date was 2018/04/13, so there were 2 interest payments attributed to 2018 (2018/04/15 and 2018/10/15), but the interest ...
0
votes
0answers
22 views

1041 Final Estate Return/K-1s: No income; are probate expenses deductible for beneficiaries?

Am preparing the final return for the estate. There is no income to report. There were probate-ONLY-related expenses (attorney, court filings, announcements in newspapers). I am defeated in knowing-...
1
vote
0answers
47 views

Does it make sense to buy municipal bond if you're not in the highest tax bracket?

Municipal bond has tax benefit. If market is efficient, doesn't that mean the wealthy investors (in highest tax bracket) will bid up the price (lower the yield) until the "tax equivalent yield (...
1
vote
0answers
47 views

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. ...
1
vote
1answer
36 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
86 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
12 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
64 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
216 views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
87 views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
8k views

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 ...
1
vote
0answers
16 views

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. ...
3
votes
2answers
163 views

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 &...
1
vote
0answers
40 views

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 ...