Birth control, Viagra, counseling and other items are all deductible.
You can use the Tax Code to improve your sex life.
No, it’s not going to get you a date, although the IRS rep at my latest audit was kind of cute. But it will get you going and improve your performance.
Let’s start with the easy stuff. As a child of the ‘60s, I saw my sex life greatly improved by the discovery and dissemination of birth-control pills. Such prescription pills are legitimate, allowable medical deductions.
Home values have declined, but tax bills keep rising, spurring appeals and protests.
This news article is by M.P. McQueen of partner site The Wall Street Journal:
Dan Scagliozzi has paid higher property taxes each year since he purchased his home in West Orange, N.J., more than a decade ago. Last year, with the value of his house sliding, he decided to do something about it.
Using a new online property-tax service, he appealed his tax assessment -- for $49.99. Mr. Scagliozzi, 52 years old, says he reduced his assessment about 10%, knocking his tax bill to $13,049 from $14,680.
"Overall, a very nice return on our $49.99 investment," he says.
Property owners are taking action across the country as tax bills continue rising, even as home values have tumbled.
Think the U.S. has it bad? These 10 countries tax their residents far more heavily.
By David Seaman, MainStreet
The United States doesn’t have it so bad tax-wise compared to other nations, despite what Glenn Beck would have you believe.
Here‘s a rundown of average income tax rates for 10 high-tax countries, based on information from the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development. The data are for 2008, the most recent numbers available.
Threats up against employees of agency, which merely enforces the laws that Congress makes.
IRS employees certainly have been in the crosshairs of crazies recently.
In 2009 there were more than 1,000 threats made against IRS workers. That’s up more than 10% over the roughly 900 threats received over the previous few years.
IRS offices in states including Nevada, Colorado and California have been targeted with arson and mortar attacks, shotgun blasts and a fertilizer bomb.
Several members of Congress -- not to mention a presidential candidate -- have had property tax issues.
When it comes to property taxes, it's not just you, me and a certain Motown star that have issues.
Politicians do, too.
For tax savings, you have to itemize, give to qualified charities and save receipts.
Here’s something I’ll bet you don’t know -- all your charitable contributions are not deductible.
Unless you itemize your deductions, you get no tax benefit from charitable contributions. You did “good,” and you feel better. But, your taxes are unchanged.
Even if you do itemize, you get no tax benefit unless the contribution is made to an IRS- recognized charity. See Publication 78 for a cumulative list of qualified organizations.
Private mortgage insurance protects lender, but at least it's deductible.
Only our mendicant mandarins of madness in Congress could use the Tax Code to define insurance premiums as interest. But, I’m not one to challenge any construction that reduces my taxes.
I’m talking about mortgage insurance premiums (MIP). When you borrow money to buy a house, your lender is going to want you to have significant skin in the game. If you’re borrowing more than 80% of the value of the property, the mortgage company has an increased risk. To cover that increased risk, the lender will normally require you to purchase private mortgage insurance (PMI).
President's budget proposal calls for shrinking the deduction for couples earning more than $200,000 a year.
The latest effort to scale back some tax deductions on mortgage interest, one of the nation's most-enduring tax breaks, is finding little support in Congress.
President Barack Obama's latest budget proposal, released in February, includes a provision that would shrink deductions for mortgage interest, real-estate taxes, charitable contributions and other items for married couples with annual incomes of more than $250,000, or individual filers earning more than $200,000. Under the proposal, such taxpayers would save 28 cents of tax liability for every $1 of mortgage interest or other eligible expenses, down from 35 cents now.
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