10 Often Forgotten or Overlooked Tax Deductions and Tax Tips

Tax tips and tax deductions can save you thousands in taxable income.

The IRS is only interested in claiming that which they are entitled to, but

it’s up to you to determine what’s exempt from paying taxes on. The IRS

has the literature to explain what is deductible if you know what to ask for

or where to find it. Homeowners have the best advantage of itemizing their

taxes and again, it’s up to you to know how to avoid paying too much. Let’s

take a look at some often overlooked and legal deductions for your taxes.

Mortgage Interest is obviously a key place to look for tax deductions but did

you know these:

Tax Deduction – Tax Tip # 1

Mortgage fees known as ‘points’, discount points you may have paid to

acquire a better interest rate on your mortgage. These ‘points’ are deductible

on your taxes. A point is equal to 1 percent of the amount financed.

Tax Deduction – Tax Tip # 2

Refinancing your mortgage usually contains fees that you incurred to

re-establish your mortgage. There are many fees deductible on your

taxes hiding in this process.

Tax Deduction – Tax Tip # 3

Changing jobs or residence because of a job, that caused a move of

more than 50 miles may allow you to deduct certain moving expenses

from your taxes.

Tax Deduction – Tax Tip # 4

If you paid a home mortgage pre-payment penalty, it may be deductible

from your taxes.

Tax Deduction – Tax Tip # 5

Refinancing your home can incur several fees that you can deduct from

your taxes. Ask your tax advisor for a list of refinance deductible items.

Tax Deduction – Tax Tip # 6

Pro-rated mortgage interest is often overlooked on your taxes, check

your closing settlement sheet.

Tax Deduction – Tax Tip # 7

Property taxes on a home you sold last year as well as the property taxes

on your new home can be combined to give you a greater deduction on

your taxes.

Tax Deduction – Tax Tip # 8

Pre-paid property taxes or pre-paid mortgage interest is often overlooked.

Tax Deduction – Tax Tip # 9

Casualty Loss if not compensated from an insurance claim can also be a

huge tax deduction. This is property loss due to fire or weather related

damages.

Tax Deduction – Tax Tip # 10

If your home is on leased land, you may be able to deduct rent payments

for the land. There are specific guidelines here, so seek these requirements

from a knowledgeable tax advisor.

It’s important that you retain as much of your hard earned money as legally possible

and it’s your choice to find out what you can legally deduct and claim on your taxes.

For more detailed assistance on what you can do to reduce your tax debt, don’t

hesitate to ask for assistance. It could save you thousands of dollars in a single year.