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Here's What Animal Rescue Volunteers Can Write Off at Tax Time

Julian Block | Posted 02.12.2016 | Business
Julian Block

Millions of individuals volunteer to help raise funds or perform other tasks on behalf of charitable organizations like religious groups, schools and ...

Can Strippers Deduct Breast Implants?

Julian Block | Posted 02.01.2016 | Business
Julian Block

Just because you incur expenses for business reasons doesn't mean that they automatically qualify as deductible. The Internal Revenue Code stipulates ...

Why Home Seller Who Suffers a Loss Won't Get a Tax Break

Julian Block | Posted 01.29.2016 | Business
Julian Block

What if your employer reimburses you for the loss? No offset of an otherwise nondeductible loss against the reimbursement, because they're separate transactions. The loss stays nondeductible. Nor is it permissible to include the reimbursement as part of the selling price and avail yourself of the exclusion.

Bad Debt Deductions for Worthless Loans to Spouses

Julian Block | Posted 01.27.2016 | Business
Julian Block

These being the times they are, you may be tapped for loans by relatives or friends who are unable to come up with the down payment for a home or who ...

A Dilemma for Stock Market Investors: Sell or Sweat

Julian Block | Posted 01.26.2016 | Business
Julian Block

The rules for capital gains are tricky. Let's start with the basics.

Making a Household Inventory List Can Save Time and Money

Julian Block | Posted 01.05.2016 | Money
Julian Block

Did you know that the tax code allows you to claim tax deductions for household damage caused by thefts, vandalism, fires, floods, hurricanes and others kinds of casualties? But the law imposes several restrictions.

Deduct Business Suits? Forget It

Julian Block | Posted 12.28.2015 | Business
Julian Block

Paying the shirt off your back at tax time? Don't count on a deduction for what you wear to work from what you make at work.

How to Take a Tax Deduction for Protecting Your Good Name

Julian Block | Posted 12.17.2015 | Business
Julian Block

And when it comes to your reputation, the line between business and personal is thin indeed. What controls the outcome are the particular circumstances.

Why This Cold War Tale of Tax Fraud Was Never Solved

Julian Block | Posted 12.15.2015 | Business
Julian Block

Recent revelations that the FBI and CIA used at least 1,000 ex-Nazis as spies after World War II, in Europe and the United States, made me think about...

Here's How to Steer Clear of the Mutual Fund Tax Trap

Julian Block | Posted 12.11.2015 | Business
Julian Block

Plan ahead before you buy some shares in a stock mutual fund near year end, when the fund is about to pay a dividend.

Why You Should Donate Appreciated Assets to Your Favorite Charities

Julian Block | Posted 12.10.2015 | Business
Julian Block

When we contribute to our favorite causes, most of us go the easiest, most familiar route and simply write checks or use credit cards. We receive inco...

A Few Year-End Reminders for Dependency Exemptions

Julian Block | Posted 12.08.2015 | Business
Julian Block

Do you support one or both of your parents? Now is the time to nail down dependency exemptions for them. For 2015, you can claim an exemption of $4,0...

Tax-timing a Marriage or Divorce

Julian Block | Posted 12.07.2015 | Divorce
Julian Block

As part of your tax planning, you need to consider an expected change in your filing statue for this year or next.

Fees for Divorce Mediators and Matrimonial Attorneys: What's Deductible

Julian Block | Posted 12.04.2015 | Divorce
Julian Block

The IRS generally says "no" to tax deductions that might ease the pain of divorce. The agency has no sympathy for payments to mediators or litigators and other costs associated with a divorce. It characterizes those outlays as nondeductible personal expenses.

Cashing in On Overlooked Deductions

Mark Steber | Posted 05.06.2015 | Business
Mark Steber

America is a land of givers, overall donating more time and money and are more likely to help a stranger than other nations. Since giving is an inherent part of our culture, we often forget about the tax aspect of our donations.

Tax Tips for Gifting Yourself This Year

Mark Steber | Posted 02.22.2015 | Money
Mark Steber

So give yourself one final gift this year and consider your taxes as you do what you normally do during the end of the year and the holiday season. A bit more attention to the tax rules and possibly tweaking what you do, might give you a bigger refund at tax time.

Giving To Charity For The First Time? Read This First

WiserAdvisor.com | Posted 01.31.2015 | Money
WiserAdvisor.com

The holidays can inspire people to adopt a generous mood. You're thankful for the blessings you've received and want to pay it forward -- and you've also realized charitable giving can lower your taxes, as well.

Almost Thanksgiving and Extenders Are Still on the Table. What Does That Mean to Your Taxes?

Mark Steber | Posted 01.20.2015 | Business
Mark Steber

The mid-term elections are over, but -- as of this minute -- Congress has not tackled extending some tax breaks, i.e. that collective group known as the "Tax Extenders", which we address seemingly every couple of years.

Top 10 Scariest Things About Income Taxes

Mark Steber | Posted 12.30.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

Even though many people feel taxes are scarier than speaking in public, for the majority of people, tax-time is the single largest cash windfall of the year. More than 75 percent of all taxpayers get an average tax refund of $3,000 -- nothing scary about that.

Charitable Deductions for Animal-Rescue Volunteers

Julian Block | Posted 09.01.2014 | Money
Julian Block

When the annual reckoning with the IRS rolls around, their willingness to help out entitles them to write-offs for unreimbursed expenses incurred while they do volunteer work for rescue groups like the Humane Society of the U.S and the ASPCA.

Man, Woman, Money, Taxes

Julian Block | Posted 08.30.2014 | Business
Julian Block

The courts often have to resolve the troublesome question of whether a tax-free "gift" was actually a payment for services rendered. Not surprisingly, the question has come up when the IRS insisted on its share of sizable amounts received by women from men who weren't their husbands.

Don't Be 'a Victim of Disorganized Thinking' -- Keep More of Your Hard-earned Cash

Mark Steber | Posted 08.24.2014 | Business
Mark Steber

As soon as you start thinking about starting a business, you should begin tracking your expenses -- whether you use an app, a notebook or go the old-school route and use shoeboxes, be sure to keep receipts and cancelled checks.

Tax Court Upholds Business-Expense Deduction for Topless Dancer's Breast Implants

Julian Block | Posted 07.08.2014 | Divorce
Julian Block

Just because you incur expenses for business reasons doesn't mean that they automatically qualify as deductible. The Internal Revenue Code stipulates ...

Filing for a Tax Extension? What You Should Know

MyBankTracker | Posted 06.15.2014 | Money
MyBankTracker

While time is ticking for you to complete your taxes, don't get so caught up trying to file that you make a mistake!

What's Deductible for Legal Fees When Couples Divorce

Julian Block | Posted 04.05.2014 | Divorce
Julian Block

The IRS prohibits any deduction for the cost of personal advice, counseling and legal action in a divorce. For example, there's no write-off for what a husband spends to resist his wife's demands for more alimony or to set aside a pre¬nuptial property agreement.