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Normally, if you purchase a piece of real estate to fix up and sell it at later date, the profit is taxed under the capital gains rules. There are even more favorable rules if the property qualifies as your principal residence. If you live in it more than two years during the five-year period preceding the sale, you can often exclude the gain from taxation altogether under special rules for homeowners.
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have done their damage and more big storms may be on the way. Unfortunately, more than a few disasters occur almost every year in America. If you are unlucky enough to suffer a disaster-related loss, here’s what you need to know about the federal income tax implications.
Whether you are paying for a college education or a teacher buying items for your classroom, education credits and deductions can help lower your tax bill.
The American Opportunity Credit, Lifetime Learning Credit or the Tuition and Fees Deduction may help offset the cost of higher education for you, your spouse and your dependents.
If you itemize your deductions on Form 1040, Schedule A, you may be able to deduct expenses you paid for medical care – including dental – for yourself, your spouse, and your dependents.
For you to be able to deduct the expense, it must be a common, helpful, and appropriate expense for your field of work. An expense does not necessarily have to be “required” for it to be deductible. However, if your employer reimbursed you for the expense, it cannot be included in your deduction.