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More Ways to Boost Medical Deductions

November 1, 2007

A small percentage of taxpayers deduct medical expenses. That is partly because of the deduction limits. It also is because many people do not know all the costs that qualify for medical expense deductions. Medical expenses can be deducted only by those who itemize expenses on Schedule A. They deduct only the medical and dental […]

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New Rules for Donating Used Cars

August 1, 2005

Plans need to be revised by taxpayers who intended to reap big tax breaks by donating used cars, boats, or planes to charity. Congress rewrote the law in 2004, and the IRS recently issued rules explaining the new law. Under the old law, a taxpayer could donate a used car to charity and deduct the […]

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Get a Jump on Charitable Giving

July 1, 2005

Charitable giving tends to be clustered in the last couple of months of the year. But if you want to maximize charitable giving and your after-tax wealth, begin your charitable gift planning now. Instead of rushing the process in the busy year-end period, take the time today to plan the best way to make gifts […]

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New Deduction for IRA Owners

May 1, 2005

Many IRAs charge a wrap fee that includes money management, account maintenance, and perhaps other costs in one annual or monthly fee. A recent IRS private ruling states that many of these wrap fees can be paid with money outside of the IRA without the payment being treated as an additional contribution to the IRA. […]

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Tapping that New Real Estate Wealth

November 1, 2004

Managing the equity in appreciated homes and second homes has become a pleasant and unexpected challenge for many. Especially on the coasts, residential real estate values soared the last five years. Suddenly owners, especially long-time owners, have properties that are more valuable than they imagined. For many families, real estate wealth exceeds the value of […]

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How to Reduce Taxes by Passing Up Some Deductions

November 1, 2004

In early October, Congress voted to extend for another year the higher exemption amounts for the AMT that were enacted in the 2003 tax law. The exemptions were to expire at the end of 2004. Yet, many of you still are likely to be snared by the AMT. You need to carefully review your finances […]

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How to Maximize Retirement Community Deductions

April 1, 2004

A portion of long-term care expenses are deductible as medical expenses. The question taxpayers often ask is what portion of the fees paid to retiree communities, such as assisted living facilities or nursing homes, can be deducted. The Tax Court recently stepped into this issue and set some new rules. When someone enters a nursing […]

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The Overlooked Triple Tax-Saving Tactic

March 1, 2004

Estate planners agree that one of the most underused strategies is the charitable remainder trust. That might change. New trends are making CRTs more attractive. Taxpayers with appreciated property should take a fresh look at CRTs as part of their retirement and estate planning strategies. In a CRT, an individual transfers appreciated property to the […]

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