Tax Deductions and Credits Don’t Miss These Commonly Missed Tax Deductions and Credits Read the Article Open Share Drawer Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Written by Philip Taylor Modified Jun 5, 2019 2 min read No one likes to feel like they’re missing out. Especially when it comes to opportunities to pay fewer taxes. As this year’s tax deadline approaches, let’s take a look at some of the most commonly missed tax deductions. Tax deductions like home mortgage interest, taxes (state and property), and charitable donations surely make this list. But that’s likely not what you’re interested in. You want to know about those less-publicized tax deductions that you might be missing. Above-the-line Deductions That Help You Save: While every missed tax deduction is potentially a missed opportunity to save on your tax bill, some deductions are also great savings vehicles designed to help you in other ways. I’m talking about the deductions for contributions to a Traditional IRA or Health Savings Accounts. Some of the other above-the-line tax deductions that you don’t want to miss include: Educator Expenses Student Loan Interest Moving Expenses Itemized Deductions: When you file your tax return, you have a choice to use the standard deduction or itemize your deductions. Many people mistakenly take the standard deduction each year when they could be paying fewer taxes by itemizing their deductions. If you’re itemized deductions are more than the standard deduction, then you should itemize. For most people, the 2016 standard deduction is: $6,300 Single or Married filing separately $12,600 Married filing jointly or Qualifying widow(er) with dependent child $9,300 Head of household If you’re close to being over the standard deduction threshold don’t forget your receipts for : Medical Expenses Unreimbursed Employee Expenses Charitable Donations State Sales Tax This may help push you over the threshold and maximize your tax refund when you sit down to prepare your taxes. Don’t worry about figuring out whether or not you’re eligible to take the standard deduction or itemized deductions and forgetting these tax deductions and credits. TurboTax will ask you simple questions about you and give you the tax deductions and credits that you are eligible for. Previous Post Are Your New Year’s Resolutions Tax Deductible? Next Post Tax Credits and Deductions for Families Written by Philip Taylor More from Philip Taylor 15 responses to “Don’t Miss These Commonly Missed Tax Deductions and Credits” I am retired and for 5 years I have volunteered my time for about 270 hours annually to a local public library where I sit at a desk and provide assistance to patrons with computer questions from how to speed up their computers to computer basics to computer security – assisting patrons from 21 to 70 in age. The library computers are restricted in using some features, so I always use my personal laptop because some features I need to use are restricted on the library computers. In 2014 my laptop died and I purchased a refurb laptop for about $800 to use for this work – this is my laptop not an asset contribution to the library. A library supervisor provided me a letterhead note explaining I am a volunteer using this laptop I bought in September to do this charity work. How do I deduct the cost of this computer that I use for charity work? Reply I neglected to include the sales tax we paid on a new car in February 2014 — it was about $3,000. We itemized deductions and are receiving a refund of $1320. Will this make much difference in our refund? Should I amend the return? Reply Hi Trish, If your state income tax withholding was higher than your state and local sales tax on purchases and you deducted that then it won’t make a difference. Thank you, Lisa Greene-Lewis Reply My husband had very serious heart attack and I took care of him for over a month missing work for all that time-can I claim for missed pay? Reply I gave my granddaughter and grandson total of 16500.oo after thay finished collage to buy them a car to go to work in. Is any that ductable on my taxes Reply I have a high functioning autistic 24 year old daughter who lives independently in a home she rents. She has 2 children. She is on Medicaid and Disability. That’s her only source of income. I provide funding throughout the year to help her with things like gas, air conditioner, car, clothing, hot water heater, medical needs, groceries etc. Can I deduct any of the support I provide for them? Reply Hi Carol, You may be able to if you provide over half of your daughter and her kid’s support and she doesn’t claim them. If she is fully disabled then her taxable income would not be a factor on whether or not you could claim her. TurboTax will help you claim them if you are eligible to claim them. Thank you, Lisa Greene-Lewis Reply Is a jacuzzi hot tub considered a medical expense if used to treat hypertension? Reply I was under the impression that people with hypertension (HPB) should avoid hot tubs and saunas. Reply I am Single filing self employed with 2 children I cleared around $17,500-$18,100 for 2014. What is the best way for me to file Single or Head of Household?I live under my fathers roof but, I may my bills and responsibilities. Should I file an itemized or standard deduction list? Thankyou for any advice… Reply Can my son claim himself and me claim him also and if he made 8,000 would he get most of federal he paid in back since he’s 17years old? He’s graduated from school and working full time living at home Reply what about credits for health insurance that I pay 1/2 and my employer pays 1/2? Reply The comment above indicates we should continue to keep state sales tax receipts. Has the state sales tax credit been reinstated for 2014? Reply so whats the unearned income credit and who gets it Reply Hi Jodi, The Earned Income Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit available to taxpayers with low to moderate income. Depending on your income you get a credit if you earned income working either for an employer or from self-employment. Your credit varies depending on income and whether or not you have dependents. Please see our blog post for more information on credit amounts and income requirements http://blog.turbotax.intuit.com/2014/01/31/eitc-awareness-day-common-questions-about-earned-income-tax-credit-answered/ Thank you, Lisa Greene-Lewis Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Browse Related Articles Tax Deductions and Credits Extension Filers: Most Missed Tax Deductions Tax Deductions and Credits 10 Commonly Overlooked Tax Deductions and Credits Tax Deductions and Credits 8 Most Missed Tax Deductions Tax Deductions and Credits What’s the Difference Between a Tax Credit and a … Tax Deductions and Credits 6 Commonly Missed Tax Benefits for Military Tax Deductions and Credits Most Overlooked Tax Deductions [VIDEO] Tax Deductions and Credits Bizarre Tax Deductions [Infographic] Tax Deductions and Credits 12 Most Bizarre Tax Deductions Tax Tips Should I Itemize Tax Deductions on My Taxes? Deductions and Credits What Are Tax Deductions?