It’s that time of year, again. With tax season officially upon us, do not miss out on some of these money-saving deductions. The most recent numbers show that more than 45 million of us itemized deductions on our 1040s—claiming $1.2 trillion dollars’ worth of tax deductions.
Most taxpayers know about mortgage expense, student loans, medical expenses, and investment expense deductions, but itemized deductions do not stop there.
Here are some of the most overlooked tax deductions:
- Subscriptions. You can deduct the cost of subscriptions when it comes to professional (as long as it is related to your job in some way) or investment-type publications. This covers newspapers, magazines, newsletters, journals and do not forget your online subscriptions. Keep in mind, this deduction is subject to the 2% floor, which means that you subtract 2% of your adjusted gross income (AGI) for the year from your deduction (and all other itemized deductions with the same floor). The remainder is the amount you can claim for those deductions.
- IRA Custodial Fees. You can deduct the administrative fees you pay for your IRA if these fees are billed as a separate transaction. This deduction applies to traditional and Roth IRA’s and is subject to the 2% AGI floor.
- Job Search Expenses. If you looked for a new job last year, you can deduct your expenses related to job hunting (whether or not you actually got the job). This can include things like employment agency fees, preparing and sending out resumes, transportation expenses, even long-distance travel if your primary purpose in traveling was to look for a job.
- Tax Expenses. You can deduct certain taxes you have paid from your taxable income. First, you can deduct any state and local taxes you pay, including real estate taxes and other property taxes, on your federal tax return. **Note that you can deduct state income taxes or state sales taxes, but not both.** You are allowed to deduct the full amount here, this is not subject to the 2% AGI floor limitation. Foreign income taxes and real estate taxes are also fully deductible. You can deduct any fees you pay to have your tax return professionally prepared. If you prepare your own taxes, you can deduct the cost of the software you use and any tax publications you purchased to help determine your return. These deductions are subject to the 2% AGI floor, and you can only deduct the expenses related to the return’s tax year. For example, in 2017 you would deduct tax preparation fees related to your 2016 tax return.
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