Top 10 Overlooked Tax Deductible Items

By: Zach Allred

Tax deductible items are overlooked on most occasions even if you have someone like me who has been preparing income tax returns for 18 years prepare your taxes. If you are doing them yourself then you definitely need this information.

1. Miles driven for medical related incidences are deductible as an itemized deduction. The rate is $.20 for 2007 and $.19 for 2008. Miles are totaled for doctor visits and hospital visits. Start adding them up and you will be amazed. Think about it on a weekly or monthly basis and then multiply by 52 or 12 respectively.

2. Most know that mortgage interest is deductible but did you know the interest you pay on a 2nd home is also deductible? Savvy tax payers will include their motor home in this deduction if it has a working bathroom and kitchen.

3. Charitable donations are often overlooked since we do this out of the kindness of our hearts. But when it comes tax time sit down and figure these up. Include donations to Deseret Industries and vehicles donated to different foundations.

4. If you had to move during the year for work then do not forget the moving expenses. You must meet certain tests so be sure to discuss this with your tax advisor. Tax deductible items include $.20 per mile, actual out of pocket expenses for oil and gas. Also include expenses for storage of household goods and lodging expenses.

5. The alimony deduction is often over looked because many people do not want to think about a painful divorce. The amount rewarded for child support is not deductible though.

6. Student loan interest paid on loans for education is deductible. People often miss this one because a lot of changes take place after graduation and this deduction gets over looked. With rising education costs the student loan interest really adds up.

7. Most of us know that we can deduct our real estate taxes on our home but did you also know the state income taxes withheld from your W-2 are also deductible. Also the state income taxes paid during the year for a prior year should be included as a deduction.

8. Personal loans you have made to family and friends who have not repaid you are deductible. The IRS does not require you to take these people to court to be able to take this deduction. If you have capital gains and are looking for a way to off set them this deduction can be golden.

9. Did you dabble in any kind of business on the side? Be sure to add up all the expenses and at least let your tax preparer know about your effort to enter the self employment arena so he can help you include all the deductions you entitled to.

10. Rental income from a family member is usually unreported because we want to beat the system. First this is illegal but second you are missing out on a very large tax deductible item.

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