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Are adoption expenses for an international adoption considered tax-deductible from income?

I am in the process of an international adoption. I do not qualify for the federal adoption credit because of my families income. However I am having a difficult time discovering whether or not I ...
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Do property taxes get deducted 100% from the Annual Tax Return or only a fraction of them?

Hi Personal Finance and Money, My question comes from hearing people say that you should buy a house rather than rent because you can deduct all of your property taxes on you tax return. Question ...
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In the U.S., are major dental procedures considered tax-deductible?

If someone is going to undergo a major dental/medical procedure ($40k+), is there any way to deduct the money paid for the procedure, or at least part of it?
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Buying a more expensive house as a tax shelter (larger interest deduction)?

I've heard that some people buy a more expensive house as a tax shelter. In my simple mind I imaging the scenario: Pay 10,000 annual interest on the mortgage 50,000 annual income = 40,000 taxable ...
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Benefits of a non-resident alien contributing to FICA

Being an international student on F1 visa, I am a non-resident alien who cannot claim unemployment or SS benefits. Currently I am working on an internship and my employer was not aware that FICA is ...
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Can I claim mileage for traveling to a contract position?

I am employed by a tech. contracting company(A) and travel to another business(B), where I work as a contractor (employed by A). I commute everyday to B. Can I claim my travel to B as an expense?
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Deductible expenses paid with credit card: In which tax year would they fall?

If I paid my business expenses with a credit card during the month of December, which year can I deduct them from my taxes? 2011 (when the purchase was made) or 2012 (when I paid off the credit card)? ...
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Is it possible to deduct health insurance premiums from taxes?

I currently have health insurance provided by my employer. My monthly premiums are deducted pre-tax from my salary. I'm considering canceling this health coverage in favor of an individual health ...
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Can I claim property tax & interest deduction if I pay the mortgage on my mother-in-law's house?

I currently pay mortgage (taxes, interest) on my mother-in-law's house. The house is under her name but we live in it. Can I use the interest and taxes as deductions?
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Tax Benefits for 529 Plan and Treasury Savings Bonds?

So here is my question (for tax year 2011): If I open and fund 529 College Savings Plan, do I get federal and state (Utah) tax deduction for my contributions? If I get a Treasury Savings Bond (Series ...
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Employer no longer withholds, how do I self administer 401k

My employer stopped withholding during some restructuring of the business entity, I already maxed out my 5k IRA contribution, I realize I can tax defer another 15k or so in a 401k... how do I simply ...
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Tax liability for a non-resident alien (student) working on-campus in the U.S

I get paid as a research assistant by helping my guide write papers and for assisting them in classes and correcting homework. Never got around to thinking about tax but recently, when I noticed that ...
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Which payment plan is better to pay for tuition?

My kids go to a private school that's attached to a religious congregation. As far as paying tuition, they offered me a choice between these 2 deals: $1296 per month (for 12 months). $1156 per month ...
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How to calculate interest tax deduction for a mortgage?

I am trying to ascertain the effect of the mortgage tax deduction on my bottom line. The various calculators I found are confusing to me. Specifically, I want to know how much less I'll pay in taxes,...
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Calculating savings from mortgage interest deduction vs. standard deduction?

I've read just about anything I can find on comparing cash-flow between owning a house versus renting. One new thing popped into my head yesterday, and I can't shake the feeling that it's an obvious ...
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Can I deduct a contribution to an IRA if I also contribute to a 401(k) in the same tax year?

Can I deduct a contribution to a traditional IRA if I am also contributing to a 401(k) in the same tax year?
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Deferring claim of significant purchase of RRSPs

If I purchase $50,000 of RRSPs this year, I believe that I can defer some of this purchase over the next several years. I could, for example, claim $16,667 on each of my next three tax returns. ...
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Is there any tax-deductible way to help fund my siblings' education?

My brother is in college and my sister is attending a private high school. I would like to help my parents pay for their education. Is there any way to do this that would be tax-deductible?
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Should I think of investing in infrastructure bonds right now?

I am a newbie as far as investment decisions are concerned. I will put a more detailed question later. Right now, I need to declare my investments for this financial year in advance. I will certainly ...
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What are the IRAs tax deduction limits when contributing to both Traditional and Roth IRAs?

If I fall into the phase-out range for a tax deduction on a Traditional IRA can I contribute to said account up to my tax deduction limits for said accounts then contribute the rest of my $ to a Roth ...
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How can I calculate the value of donated clothing for tax purposes?

I have many clothing items that I plan on donating to a local charitable/religious organization. I want to include the value of these items as a charitable deduction on my income tax, but I don't know ...
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what is the best way to do a freelancing job over the summer for a student

I am a full time student, studying in the UK with UK address. I would like to do a one time job for a company based in the USA. It will last about one month, and is mostly about creating a video ...
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How does giving to charity work?

The title of this question is hopelessly vague, but here is what I'd like to know: I've always heard that even if you don't have much money, you should give to charity. It is tax-deductible. I'm ...
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What things do I need to consider if I want to gift units of a fund or stock to some one who is not related?

Instead of the traditional cash gift, I want to give my gift in terms of something that could increase in value over the long term. Before doing that I wanted to ask the below questions: Do I have to ...
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What is the difference between adjustment, subtraction, deduction, exemption in tax forms?

In US federal tax 1040 form, there is "adjustment" on the bottom of the first page at line 36, "itemized deduction" at line 40 on the second page, and "exemptions" at line 42 on the second page. "...
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Are donations to public schools tax deductible like a 501(c)(3) organization?

In the United States, are donations to public schools like a local elementary school deductible in the same way that donations to a 501(c)(3) charity or a church are deductible?
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Deducting medical expenses paid for someone other than yourself or spouse

Can I deduct medical expenses that I paid for my girlfriend's medical bills? She has about $1000 a month of medical bills (prescriptions etc) and is in between insurance. I've been covering it for the ...
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Moving from full time to contractor

For many reasons I am moving from full time employee to a contractor with an associated company in a different city. Everyone I have spoken to says contracting is great except for the taxes and lack ...
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Are student loans tax deductible in US?

If I have a student loan from finishing my graduate degree, can I deduct its interest payments from salary for tax purposes? Is there any education related tax credit that can be applied for payments ...
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Can used books bought off Amazon be claimed as a tax deduction in Australia?

I recently bought some used books on Amazon. The books are directly related to what I do for a living. In Australia, I know that if you have the receipt for books like that, you could claim it as a ...
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What portion of my rowing club membership fee is tax-deductible?

I am part of a rowing club in the US and pay a membership fee. The rowing club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, open to the public, and offers learn-to-row classes. The benefits that I receive for my ...
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In Canada, can tuition paid by an RESP withdrawal be claimed on the income tax return?

Can tuition fees be claimed on the tax return if the money was withdrawn from an RESP we've been contributing to?
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In India, does a company compulsorily have to file income tax on my behalf?

I work in an IT company in India. I get my monthly salary after monthly tax deduction as per TDS law. The tax filing deadline as per Indian government is 31st July, but my company has a deadline for ...
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Filing for Education Expenses for Dependent

My brother is my dependent and he lives with me! He goes to university and pay international tuition fees. Since, he has to pay international tuition our whole family contributes small amounts to make ...
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Mortgage interest income tax deduction during year with a principal residence change

In 2010 my residency changed from the home I own to a home I'm renting, but I owned the mortgaged home all year. Is the deductable amount of mortgage interest paid pro-rated based on the date I moved?...
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Can I claim a tax deduction for working from home as an employee? I work there 90% of the time

I'm working for a company as a computer programmer, but 90% of my work is done at my apartment. Let's say I have an exclusive space for the work in my apartment, can I claim tax deduction for the ...
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What's the best secure tax deductible investment?

I will receive a lump sum amount as a voluntary departure pkg. I live in Ontario, Canada and want to know what I should invest this amount in (GIC/Mutual Fund) that will get a high return and be tax ...
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How do I take a loss on an IRA I converted to a Roth IRA?

Can I take a loss on conversion? If so, how do I do so (i.e. what U.S. tax form do I use)?
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Can you write off time like you can money?

I've spent considerable time in the last year building a portfolio for my business. This time was donated to clients, for my benefit, and theirs. There is a large opportunity cost lost. I could ...
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How do LLC losses affect personal income taxes in the US?

I know that LLCs have the benefit of pass-through taxation in the US and that any profits realized by the LLC are recorded as income by the LLC members, thus increasing their taxable income. What is ...
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Donating books to charity & claiming a deduction on my income tax: How to value the goods?

I have a large number of books. I tried selling them on Amazon, but they don't cost enough to make up for the shipping. I tried selling them at local book stores, but they barely took any of them ...
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When should I open a “Line of credit” at my bank?

I'm new to the concept of "line-of-credit", and my banker says I should be able to open one based on the number of stocks I own. I have no mortgage. I'm told that I'm able to deduct my interest on ...
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How does tax work for an overseas contractor on a split year contract?

I am currently working as U.S. DoD contractor in Afghanistan. I arrive in Afghanistan late October 2010. I will be over here until at least October 2011. I know that when working overseas for 330 days ...
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Is there any advantage to using a FSA instead of claiming medical expense on tax returns?

Using my FSA is pretty annoying. I have to submit claims and scramble to use it or lose it. Is there any advantage (aside from perhaps cash flow) of using an FSA over just claiming my medical/...
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Are COBRA premiums deductible when self-employed?

Been Googling all day and can't find anything definitive. I left my job in January of 2010, and have been working on a 1099 basis since then (as a sole proprietor). I have been paying COBRA premiums ...
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Why opening a traditional IRA is not helping my tax forecast for 2010?

I am using the IRA Calculator from one of the main tax software. Link here After I put the information of my spouse and I, it comes out saying that there is no marginal tax saving for neither of us. ...
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Do other countries have the equivalent of Australia's Negative Gearing?

Negative Gearing is a feature of Australian taxation where losses from real estate or share investments can be offset against assessable income. In simple terms, the difference between rent, and ...
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Do I have to list a SSN to take a child exemption?

Do I have to list my child's social security number on my income taxes to take a child exemption? What if my child doesn't have a social security number?
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Under IRS rules, After what tax bracket or income range student loan interests are not effective?

Student loans generally have very low interest rates. Those interests paid work in your favor at tax time, for certain income and tax bracket group. In the US, if you make more than what amount, ...
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Should I invest in a Health Insurance +1 policy from my Employer?

Hi Personal Finance Fans, Here is an easy question for all the economic gurus in this forum. I am currently working for one global corporation. My wife is working for a big USA organization. ...