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Not too late to save on 2012 taxes
There are many overlooked tax deductions which you can use to save some money. They may seem small, but added together could combine for big savings.
- Education expenses to improve your job skills are tax deductible as are job related profession journals, newspapers and books.
- The expense to purchase a required uniform. Even the dry cleaning expense can be deducted in some portion for the cleaning of that uniform.
- Union dues.
- If you used an employment agency to find a job this year, that fee is tax deductible. Additionally, any expense for job seeking in your current field including postage, photocopying and mileage.
- Do you play music in your small business? The stereo can be written off.
- Cleaning and laundering while traveling for business.
- If you use your cell phone for business, a portion of that expense is also tax deductible.
- Don’t forget to total and deduct your mileage to and from your volunteer work.
- If you are sent by a charitable program to work at a distant location, all expenses associated with that trip are deductible.
- Don’t forget that clothing donation you made earlier in the year – find those receipts and write in the value of what was donated.
- Student loan interest is deductible.
- Refinancing points on a mortgage.
- Accounting or legal fees associated with your taxes.
- The cost of a safe deposit box for investments or business use.
- The penalty for an early withdrawal of savings may be deductible.
- Alimony or spousal support (but not child support).
- Any legal cost for the calculation and securing of child support is tax deductible.
- Jury duty pay reimbursed to your employer.
- Gambling losses as long as they don’t exceed winnings.
And talk to your accountant about getting creative. A couple of years ago an exotic dancer successful won a case to deduct the expense of an augmentation arguing that it was a work expense. So if the IRS can compromise on a boob job, they may be open to other types of deductions.
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