Do I Need to Claim My Dependents on My 2018 Tax Return?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed on December 22, 2017 made many changes to individual taxes beginning in 2018. One of those changes was the elimination of a deduction for personal exemptions and replacing it with a higher standard deduction.

The question becomes, if I don’t get a deduction for my dependents, is there any reason to list them on the return? The answer is: absolutely yes.

Attorney Denied Car and Truck Expense Deduction

Here’s a real-life example of why having the proper documentation is very important for claiming automobile expenses and mileage on your taxes. Learn about how to meet the substantiation/documentation requirements required by the Internal Revenue Code on our blog here. “An attorney was not entitled to deduct unsubstantiated car and truck expenses because he failed […]

Sex as a Medical Expense?

Taxpayers are always asking their CPA what they can deduct to save on taxes. Some deductions seem pretty straight forward (home mortgage interest, charitable contributions, etc.). Others are much grayer and depend on particular facts and circumstances. One tax deduction that may be available is for medical expenses. The IRS defines a medical expense as […]

Selected Tax Return Documentation

As we get closer to another tax return filing season here is a reminder of the documentation and substantiation requirements for a few common deductions. Charitable Contributions No deduction for cash donations is allowed unless you have bank records (canceled check or bank statement) or written acknowledgment from the charity documenting the contribution’s amount and […]