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Schedule A, Itemized Deductions
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Depending on your tax situation there may be different advantages between the standard tax deductions and itemizing deductions.

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Taxes that are generally 100% deductible:

  • Foreign Income Taxes
  • General State / Local Sales Tax
  • Property Taxes
  • Payments to Mandatory State Funds
  • Real Estate Taxes
  • State / Local Taxes
  • Value Based Auto License Fee

Most personal interest is non-deductible.

Deductible Interest Expenses:

  • Business Interest
  • Home Mortgage Interest
  • Home Mortgage “Points” Paid
  • Interest on Special Assessments (as real estate tax)
  • Investment Interest
  • Mortgage Loan Interest Premiums Covering
  • Mortgages Purchased in 2007 & beyond
  • Second Home Mortgage Interest

Cash and property donated to qualified organizations

Deductible Charitable Contributions:

  • Boy & Girl Scouts
  • Churches
  • Non-Profit Schools
  • Non-Profit Hospitals
  • Public Parks
  • Red Cross, Salvation Army, Goodwill, United Way, etc.
  • Some Environmental/Conservation Groups
  • War/Veterans Groups
  • YMCA

Medical expenses are generally deductible if they exceed 10% of your income, or 7.5% of your income if you are over the age of 65.

Deductible Medical Expenses

  • Cost of Guide Dogs
  • Doctor / Dentist Fees
  • Drug / Alcohol Treatment
  • Handicap Access Devices for Disabled
  • Life-Care Fees for Medical Treatment
  • Long-term Care Insurance Premiums
  • Meals / Lodging Related to Hospital Stays
  • Operations
  • Organ Donation
  • Physician Diet / Health Programs
  • Psychiatric Care
  • Removal Cost
  • School and/or Home for Disabled
  • Smoking Cessation Program Cost
  • Special Needs Items
    • (glasses, limbs, dentures, wheelchair, hearing aids, etc.)
  • Transportation (Medical related)
  • Weight Loss Program Costs

Casualty and theft losses are generally deductible if:

  1. They exceed 10% of your adjusted gross income
  2. They are not reimbursable by insurance
  3. Each event exceeds $500

Deductible Casualty & Theft Losses

  • Fire
  • Natural Loss: Tornado, Hurricane, Flood, etc.
  • Other Accidents
  • Theft
  • Vandalism

Most miscellaneous deductions are only deductible to the extent they exceed 2% of your adjusted gross income.

Miscellaneous Tax Deductions

  • Business Use Depreciation
  • Certain Legal Fees
  • Classroom Material Expense for Teachers
  • Employee Business Expenses
  • Gambling Losses to Offset Gains
  • Handicapped Job Related Expenses
  • Hobby Expense to Offset Gains
  • In-Home Office Expenses
  • Investment Related Expense
  • IRA/KEOGH Administration Fees
  • Job Hunting Expenses
  • Job Required Education Expenses
  • Job Required Medical Exams
  • Repayments of Income
  • Repayments of Social Security
  • Safe Deposit Box Cost
  • Tax Preparation Fees
  • Trust Administration Fees
  • Un-recovered Annuity Costs
  • Work Uniforms
  • 50% of Business Related Meals and Entertainment

Categories For Itemized Tax Deductions

The following topics are found in the category of Itemized Deductions. Each topic is followed by the corresponding topic number. To access your topic, select the three-digit number.

Should I Itemize? Topic 501
Medical and Dental Expenses Topic 502
Deductible Taxes Topic 503
Home Mortgage Points Topic 504
Interest Expense Topic 505
Charitable Contributions Topic 506
Miscellaneous Expenses Topic 508
Business Use of Home Topic 509
Business Use of Car Topic 510
Business Travel Expenses Topic 511
Business Entertainment Expenses Topic 512
Educational Expenses Topic 513
Employee Business Expenses Topic 514
Casualty, Disaster and Theft Losses (Including Federally Declared Disaster Areas) Topic 515

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