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Latest Tax Deduction Articles
Is an IRA certificate of deposit (CD) tax deductible?
Looking to score more tax deductions? IRA CDs might be for you.3 min read Mar 08, 2023
Standard deduction amount for 2022-2023: How much it is and when to take it
Typically, taxpayers have two options: Take the itemized deductions or take the standard deduction.3 min read Mar 02, 2023
5 tax deductions for homeowners
The IRS offers several tax breaks for homeowners.4 min read Feb 06, 2023
How to write off repayment of a business loan
You can’t write off the loan, but you may be able to deduct interest paid.6 min read Jan 09, 2023
What is the first-time homebuyer tax credit?
Plans to spur first-time homebuying are brewing in Congress.4 min read Dec 21, 2022
Is private mortgage insurance (PMI) tax deductible?
Homeowners who are paying PMI may be able to deduct this cost once again. Here’s how.3 min read Jul 21, 2022
Tax advantages of leasing vs. buying a car
Leasing or buying a car for business can have tax benefits. Which is right for you?4 min read Jun 14, 2022
Open an IRA before the tax deadline to save on taxes
It’s not too late to get a tax deduction for your IRA contributions.4 min read Jan 05, 2022
Americans think Washington will hurt their personal finances
Americans say they don’t expect to gain a lot from the GOP tax cut.3 min read Dec 21, 2017
This Giving Tuesday, many Americans plan to give back
Approximately one out of five charitable donations will be larger than last year’s.2 min read Nov 28, 2017
When can you take a tax deduction for moving expenses?
If your new job prompted a move, you might be able to write off the costs. Here’s how.2 min read Apr 04, 2017
How to cut your taxes using above-the-line deductions right on your Form 1040 or 1040a
Some taxpayers may claim up to a dozen deductions right on their Form 1040. Here’s how.4 min read Mar 28, 2017
Tax lesson for teachers: Educator expenses can be written off
Teachers can deduct classroom supplies, professional development courses and more.2 min read Mar 24, 2017
IRS Schedule A deductions can lower your tax bill
It’s true! There are some good taxes, and you can use them to reduce your IRS bill.2 min read Mar 14, 2017
2 ways to deduct your home office on your taxes
Determine which is best for you — the simplified or the regular home office deduction.4 min read Mar 07, 2017
A how-to guide on claiming dependents on taxes: It’s not an intuitive exercise
Find out the rules of claiming dependents on taxes, whether it’s your child or relative.5 min read Mar 03, 2017
IRS rules for claiming a parent as a dependent: 5 factors to consider
Are you caring for an aging parent? If so, you may qualify for some tax relief.5 min read Mar 01, 2017
Your job search expenses may be tax-deductible
You can write off certain job-hunting expenses, but there are rules and limits.2 min read Feb 28, 2017
Got a hobby? It might qualify as a business, with all the extra tax breaks
Tax breaks on hobby income are less favorable than for a business. Here’s how it works.3 min read Feb 27, 2017
7 wacky tax deductions to avoid in 2017 if you want to dodge a tax audit
Some taxpayers will try anything to reduce their taxable income, say seasoned CPAs.5 min read Feb 21, 2017