Income Tax Return Deductions
A tax deduction reduces your taxable income on your income tax return, thus either increases your tax refund or reduces your taxes. It's not just about how much income you make but also how much you get to keep of your own pie.
Your total deductions are subtracted from your taxable income in order to determine your total tax bill for the year. Tax credits are similar to tax deductions, but they reduce your tax bill dollar for dollar. This page lists tax deductions you may qualify to claim on your tax return.
In order to claim most tax deductions for the current Tax Year, the payments have to occur during the Tax Year or no later than December 31. Review these tax deductions based on life-changing events and other life situations.
NOTE: There are specific nondeductible expenses that cannot be claimed on tax returns, such as home repairs and political contributions.
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Life-Changing Events - Details
Families and Parents
You can report the following deductions on your tax return if you are a parent or relative raising a child:
Homeowners can take advantage of these deductions:
Employees and Self-Employed Workers
If you work, you may qualify to claim these deductions:
You can deduct medical expenses such as hospital fees and services, medications, dental treatment, and eye appointment fees from your taxes as long as the total amount of your expenses is more than 7.5% of your income. Here are other expenses you can claim as deductions:
Students and Teachers
Here are the deductions you can claim as a student or teacher:
You can claim the following charitable expenses on your tax return:
Car and Travel
You may qualify to claim of of these tax deductions related to your vehicle and traveling:
Miscellaneous and Other
There are a number of other tax deductions that do not apply to any of the above categories:
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