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Unless you're sitting on a very large pile of money, you don't need to worry about federal estate taxes. The 2014 exemption from federal estate taxes is $5.34 million -- and double that for married couples. ...
Then there's an even larger patchwork of taxation schemes crafted by 50 state legislatures, all coming up with new ways to extract coin from their citizenry. Hawaii: That's a Nice Tax Deduction You've Got Growing There
The market is pricier than it was a year ago, so be careful what you buy.
"How about a charitable contribution for all the time I donate to the church?" No, again. On the other hand, your fellow taxpayers have successfully claimed write-offs for many things that most of us wouldn't even imagine, ranging from cat food to a casualty loss for a vehicle totaled by a drunk driver. He claimed he was entitled to a $9,000 casualty loss. Even though he was involved in an illegal activity and acted negligently, the Tax Court allowed him to claim the write-off.
Over the years, taxpayers have concocted a lot of zany arguments to justify tax deductions. An Appeals Court gave him an A for effort but an F in taxation, ruling that he owes tax on the distribution. He tried to deduct the payment as a casualty loss, but the Tax Court denied his write-off because he wasn't the owner of the vehicle. They claimed that the builder defrauded them and deducted a large theft loss on their tax return.
This is particularly important to you if you live in a state that does not impose a state income tax. So if your state doesn't have an income tax, the sales tax write-off is clearly the way to go. In some cases, even filers who pay state income taxes can come out ahead with the sales tax choice. This isn't a tax deduction, but it is an important subtraction that can save you a bundle.
Even the young and the penniless can wish their loved ones a happy holiday without going into debt.
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This holiday season, give the gift of greater spending power with something more fun and thoughtful than a stocking full of cash. Your friends and family will be sure to remember your sentiment all year long as the savings keep rolling in.
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