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Can I File As Single Even Though My Divorce Is Not Final? I Have Not Lived With My Spouse For Two Years.
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Tax Professional Level: Master Tax Advisor

You are still married, and can file as Married Joint or Married Filing Separate. If you have dependent children, you can file Head of Household. These are the only options. You cannot file as Single unless you...   Read More
How Do I Know If I Must File Quarterly Individual Tax Payments?
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Tax Professional Level: Master Tax Advisor

You should pay quarterly federal estimated taxes if your balance on the last tax return was over $1000. If you do not want to go that route then you must adjust (increase) your withholding tax on your W-2 income,...   Read More
What Is The American Opportunity Tax Credit For Higher Education Expenses?
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Tax Professional Level: Master Tax Advisor

The American Opportunity Tax Credit is a maximum of $2500., of which 40% of the credit may be refundable, with a maximum refund of $1000. The other portion is applied to the tax liability, up to the amount of the...   Read More
Can A Noncustodial Parent Claim The Child Tax Credit?
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Tax Professional Level: Master Tax Advisor

The noncustodial parent may claim the dependent exemption and the Child Tax Credit if certain requirements are met. The custodial parent will claim the Earned Income Credit, Head of Household filing status, and...   Read More
Can I Write Off The Tuition I Pay The School For Pre-k As A Childcare Expense?
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Tax Professional Level: Tax Enthusiast

Yes as long as you and your spouse otherwise qualify to take the childcare credit, tuition for pre-k classes qualify as childcare expenses.   Read More
My Home Was Damaged By Hurricane Sandy. Can I Deduct The Total Cost Of Damages As My Insurance Company Will Not Cover A Natural Disaster?
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Tax Professional Level: Tax Enthusiast

You can take a deduction for casualty loss on the home. You may want to read IRS Publication 547 for more information on casualty losses in disaster areas. http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p547.pdf   Read More
Can I Deduct The Cost Of All Repairs To My Rental Properties?
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Tax Professional Level: Tax Enthusiast

If they are indeed repairs, you should be able to deduct them. Distinguish first if they will add value to your property and will last more than one year; then they are capital expenses which are added to your...   Read More
What Is The Limit I Can Deduct For Property Contributions?
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Tax Professional Level: Tax Enthusiast

There are several limits or additional disclosures to consider when deducting property contributions. If your contribution exceeds $500 you must complete form 8283 in addition to claiming the contribution...   Read More
Is There A Limit On How Much I Can Deduct For Charitable Contributions?
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Tax Professional Level: Tax Enthusiast

The deduction for contributions to public charities is limited to 50% of your adjusted gross income before any adjustment for net operating loss deductions.   Read More
Is There A Limit On How Much I Can Deduct For Charitable Contributions?
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Tax Professional Level: Tax Enthusiast

Individuals may generally deduct up to 50% of AGI, but 20% and 30% apply in some cases. (See IRS publication 526 for more detail).   Read More


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