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TurboTax is telling me to open an IRA now, and get a $5K deduction this year, is this a smart thing to do?

I'm 21 years old, and 2009's total itemized deduction for me is $1,908. I'm going with the standard deduction, but next year seems like it has a lot of potential to save if I open up this IRA that ...
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Can I deduct a whole-blood donation as a charitable contribution on my taxes?

I've noticed that there are several new companies advertising that they collect blood donations. I asked a friend who is an ER doctor why, and his response was that blood donations are quite valuable, ...
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What is the difference between pre-tax and post-tax paycheck deductions?

I am getting insurance for about 4 months, the length of my contract with a company. I am given the option of having the cost deducted from my paycheck pre-tax or post-tax. What is the difference? ...
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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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Moving expenses: dog kennel

I had to kennel my dogs while moving. Is this deductible as a moving expense (temporary storage of household items)?
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Can I take the self employment healthcare deduction if I get my insurance through my employer?

Historically when I had insurance through ACA, I deducted the premiums on the special self employment premiums deduction. Now, I get insurance through my employer but still pay a ton for it. Is that ...
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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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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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Can I deduct a donation of a car I received as a gift?

In 2006 my parents bought me a used car. In 2017 I donated the car to charity and they report it sold for $575. Can I deduct that $575 from my taxes given that I did not personally pay for the car in ...
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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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If I volunteer to give back to my community, is there a monetary amount assigned to my time, to act as an Income Tax Deduction?

Is there a value that can be assigned to my time, i.e. an hourly rate, so that I can be given a receipt to remit to CRA come Income Tax Filing time? I live in Canada.
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What are the costs to establish an LLC and to maintain it?

What's the average (approximately) cost to open a basic LLC in Florida state or in NY state? (FYI in my case is to buy an house in Miami and rent it. I already have a bank account in the U.S.) What's ...
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In the U.K., can I deduct coffee as a business expense if I work from cafés?

I have a U.K. limited company of which I am the sole director and employee. I work from home most days, but I occasionally work at a local coffee shop when I need to get out of the house. Can I claim ...
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How do you calculate pretax deduction savings?

I am trying to determine how much money I will save by participating in the TransitChek program. The way the program works is I can set aside a certain amount of money from my pay check before taxes ...
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Can I use an HSA to pay financed payments for LASIK?

I understand that an HSA can be used for qualified medical expenses, and that LASIK falls under this category. I'm considering getting LASIK done and would like to use my HSA to pay for it. However, ...
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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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Raised 100k on a gofund.me campaign to teach a hands on electronics repair workshop for the next few years. How do I pay taxes?

I managed to raise 100k on a gofund.me campaign to teach a hands on electronics repair workshop. This amount lets me do workshops at least twice a month for the next 3+ years. Since I received this ...
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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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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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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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Can I deduct two years of IRA contributions in the same tax year?

The 2015 IRA contribution deadline is in April 2016. As such it is possible to contribute $5500 to my 2015 IRA and $5500 to my 2016 IRA during the 2016 calendar year. My question is simply: if I ...
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Hiring Foreign Contractors - Is This Tax Deductible?

I have a small start-up business in the US and I'm going through freelance sites like freelancer.com to get some work done. The appeal of this is that the rates for foreign contractors is often less ...
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Can I write-off Visual Studio 2010 on my taxes if I want to learn it?

I doubt I can write it off, but I just figured I'd check anyway. What if I took a class in it and needed the software to take the class?
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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?
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Are the tolls to school an education tax write off?

My wife is enrolled in a college that the only way for us to get there is via toll roads and a couple of bridges. It costs almost $30 per day. This wasn't an issue last semester because all of her ...
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Pay for my parent's PLUS loan - tax implications?

I recently payed off my college loans and now want to pay for the PLUS loans that my parents took out to pay for my education. Does the gift tax apply if I pay the loan provider directly? I'm not ...
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Can expenses for attending stockholders meetings be deducted in U.S. income taxes?

I have a few different common stocks holdings from which I receive quarterly dividends. In addition I receive an annual notice of a stockholders meeting and of course the voting proxy. I have often ...
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Downsides to Salary Sacrifice? (UK)

My company are starting a scheme where I reduce my gross salary by the amount I pay into our pensions. They increase their pension contribution by the same amount, saving us both National Insurance ...
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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 my individual Health Insurance Premium in Tax

I have a my own LLC and working as self employee for this company. I am working on 1099 for this company. Since there is only 2 employee (including my spouse), I can't take health insurance from my ...
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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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Is there a way to get more money monthly and not a big tax return, but not owe?

I am about to purchase a house and our realtor told us that most people change their w4 so that they get a bigger paycheck and no tax rfund. My question is complicated (or at least to me). What can we ...
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Are commissions paid to realtors for finding tenants for my rental property tax deductable as a rental expense?

I used a realtor to find a tenant for my rental home. I paid her a commission of the amount equal to the first months rent. Is this what turbotax means by Commission Expenses "Commissions paid to ...
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cost basis of donated clothing?

(similar but NOT identical to How can I calculate the value of donated clothing for tax purposes? ) My wife donated several boxes full of old clothing to Goodwill, and calculated the total thrift ...
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What are the consequences of being claimed as a dependent in the US?

What are the consequences of being claimed as a dependent (for the dependent that is) in the US?
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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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I purchased a drug in country A, and consumed it in country B; neither A nor B is the US; is that a qualified medical expense from the HSA standpoint?

I am a US citizen. I have an HSA account. I purchased a drug in country A, and consumed it in country B, where neither A nor B is the US. Is that a qualified medical expense from the HSA standpoint? ...
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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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My daughter got married last year in late August, can I still claim her part year?

If my 21-yr-old daughter lived at home (and I provided more than half of her support) until her wedding in late August of last year, can't I still claim her as a dependent of some sort?
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Deducting moving expenses - what about item replaced after being broken in move

During a qualified move that coincided with a job change (an IRS requirement for this particular deduction), an item that was shipped arrived at the new location broken, a replacement was bought. ...
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Confusion about tax bracket?

So until last year, I was least concerned about tax brackets because I was getting money back every year. However, my wife started working this year and sounds like we do owe some money to uncle SAM ...
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What are the ins/outs of writing equipment purchases off as business expenses in a home based business?

I'm currently self-employed doing computer programming work. As part of self-employment I'm learning about filing taxes quarterly (not fun) and also writing things off as business expenses (...
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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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How long to save losing lottery tickets?

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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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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Can I deduct the cost of licenses for tools/utilities and services come tax time?

I'm employed full-time (not a contractor). I own my own licenses for tools like ReSharper, Beyond Compare, etc. In addition, I pay for various training and learning resources like Safari Books ...
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What types of receipts do I need to keep for itemized tax deductions?

Do I need to keep all of my receipts or only receipts of a certain type or amount for itemized deductions? I've also only taken the standard deduction, but this year I plan to itemize. I keep almost ...
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Can I deduct expenses to my previous tax year if I haven't done my taxes yet?

If my business made $100,000 during last tax year (Jan 1 2017, Dec 31 2017), and I haven't done those taxes yet, but need to buy equipment in January of 2018, can I deduct those expenses from my 2017 ...
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Tax implications in India for sending money to India from US

I am planning to transfer around $8K-10K in my parent's bank account(Joint bank a/c) in India . I have read a lot of posts(like Will I have to pay taxes in India when I transfer money from a US bank ...
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How to determine fair market value for a home donated to a fire department for training exercises?

In "Scharf v. Commissioner", the US Tax Court established that donating property for use in firefighting training exercises provides a valuable service to the community. If the receiving fire ...