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April 21, 2017 8:56 am

If the replacement doors constitute an energy-saving improvement, you may qualify for a tax credit (not a deduction) of up to $500. This dollar limit is lifetime, so if you've already used up the full...

April 21, 2017 8:49 am

Sorry for your loss, but unfortunately, funeral expenses cannot be claimed as an income tax deduction. If the value of your husband's estate was large enough to require the filing of a federal estate ...

April 21, 2017 8:48 am

If the distribution is a qualified charitable distribution (QCD), enter the total distribution on line 15a of Form 1040. Then, if the total amount distributed is a QCD, enter -0- on line 15b. If only ...

April 7, 2017 8:42 am

Gambling losses (referred to as wagering losses) are deductible only to the extent of gambling winnings. However, the deduction for these losses is not one of the enumerated deductions that can be cla...

April 7, 2017 8:39 am

Roth IRA contributions must be based on earnings as an employee or from self-employment. Executor fees, while included in gross income, are not treated as self-employment income for someone who is not...

April 7, 2017 8:36 am

No. Opting to claim the standard deduction is in lieu of any itemized deductions. The five-year carryover for charitable contributions applies only to amounts that were claimed as itemized deductions ...

March 24, 2017 8:41 am

The Home Affordable Foreclosure Alternatives (HAFA) Program is a federal program to help distressed homeowners retain their homes. Payments received under the program usually are not taxable. They are...

March 24, 2017 8:38 am

Usually, a distribution from a qualified retirement plan is treated as ordinary income in the year in which it is received. However, for someone born before 1936, there is a special 10-year averaging ...

March 24, 2017 8:32 am

You can claim a theft loss if this scam amounts to a theft under state law. Usually, the taking of money through fraud or misrepresentation constitutes a theft loss. If so, then you must itemize deduc...

February 24, 2017 8:00 am

If the distribution was a required minimum distribution, it cannot be rolled over to an IRA (the proceeds can be used to fund an IRA if you are eligible to make an IRA contribution for the year). If t...

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Mortgage insurance paid in 2013 can be deductible as mortgage interest (the deduction is scheduled to expire at the end of this year). However, income limits apply to limit or prevent a deduction....

No, unless your disability is blindness. This is the only condition for which an additional personal exemption can be claimed on a federal income tax return. However, if your income is very modest and...

It’s not clear. The IRS has not issued any official guidance on this very common question as yet. The law says that the policy must be established, or considered to be established, under her busines...

In 2013, the AGI floor for someone under age 65 is 10% of AGI. The 7.5% floor applies to those 65 or older. Since it is you, and not your mom, who is taking the deduction, you must use the 10%-of-AGI ...

If you sell before or after you marry and the sales take place in the year of your wedding, on a joint return you can each use the $250,000 home exclusion. However, if either excludes less than $250,0...

No. An inheritance, regardless of amount, is tax free to the heir. It does not matter whether the person who died was a U.S. citizen or a foreign national....

The inheritance is fully tax free, regardless of amount. You do not have to report the inheritance on an income tax return or any other form....

Contributions to an HSA are deductible from gross income (page 1 of Form 1040) even if you don’t itemize other deductions. You must file Form 8889 with your return if you had any activity in the acc...

While life insurance proceeds received on the death of the insured are tax free, you may owe taxes when you cash in the policy early. What’s taxable: the excess of the cash surrender value over the ...

Leasehold improvements made by either the lessor or lessee pursuant to a lease qualify for special tax treatment if placed in service (i.e., the work is completed) before the end of this year and cert...

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Mortgage insurance paid in 2013 can be deductible as mortgage interest (the deduction is scheduled to expire at the end of this year). However, income limits apply to limit or prevent a deduction....

No, unless your disability is blindness. This is the only condition for which an additional personal exemption can be claimed on a federal income tax return. However, if your income is very modest and...

It’s not clear. The IRS has not issued any official guidance on this very common question as yet. The law says that the policy must be established, or considered to be established, under her busines...

In 2013, the AGI floor for someone under age 65 is 10% of AGI. The 7.5% floor applies to those 65 or older. Since it is you, and not your mom, who is taking the deduction, you must use the 10%-of-AGI ...

You can take distributions from your IRA to satisfy required minimum distributions (RMDs) in cash or in kind, meaning in stock. The option you use depends on what’s in your account and what you want...

No. An inheritance, regardless of amount, is tax free to the heir. It does not matter whether the person who died was a U.S. citizen or a foreign national....

The inheritance is fully tax free, regardless of amount. You do not have to report the inheritance on an income tax return or any other form....

Yes, if the credit card borrowing is for consumer purchases. There is no exemption from cancellation of debt (COD) income for personal borrowing other than a home mortgage if forgiveness is completed ...

Contributions to an HSA are deductible from gross income (page 1 of Form 1040) even if you don’t itemize other deductions. You must file Form 8889 with your return if you had any activity in the acc...

While life insurance proceeds received on the death of the insured are tax free, you may owe taxes when you cash in the policy early. What’s taxable: the excess of the cash surrender value over the ...

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No. An inheritance, regardless of amount, is tax free to the heir. It does not matter whether the person who died was a U.S. citizen or a foreign national....

The inheritance is fully tax free, regardless of amount. You do not have to report the inheritance on an income tax return or any other form....

Yes, if the credit card borrowing is for consumer purchases. There is no exemption from cancellation of debt (COD) income for personal borrowing other than a home mortgage if forgiveness is completed ...

Contributions to an HSA are deductible from gross income (page 1 of Form 1040) even if you don’t itemize other deductions. You must file Form 8889 with your return if you had any activity in the acc...

No. CDD fees are imposed by a developer to finance the cost of amenities within a community. HOA fees are imposed by the association. These fees are not treated as taxes even though they relate to you...

Because you are not at least 65 years old by the end of the year, you apply the 10% threshold to all of your itemized medical costs (which include costs related to your mother). If she claimed them on...

While interest on municipal bonds is tax free for federal income tax purposes, gain or loss on the sale of the bonds must be reported. The loss is treated as a capital loss, which is deductible within...

Because you receive a stepped-up basis for the home (equal to its value on the date of your mother’s death), you may have no gain from the sale if it occurs soon. If you sell it for less than this b...

It depends. If you qualify for the home sale exclusion, then gain up to $250,000 ($500,000 on a joint return) is tax free; there is no capital gain. If your gain excludes your applicable exclusion amo...

Roth IRAs are designed for retirement savings. While contributions are not tax deductible, withdrawals of earnings after age 591/2 are tax free as long as the account has been open for at least 5 year...

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