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The 11 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions

The 11 Most Overlooked Tax Deductions


9. State tax you paid last spring.

Did you owe tax when you filed your 2006 state tax return in the spring of 2007? Then remember to include that amount with your state tax deduction on your 2007 return, along with state income taxes withheld from your paychecks or paid via quarterly estimated payments.

10. Refinancing points.

When you buy a house, you get to deduct points paid to obtain your mortgage in one fell swoop. When you refinance a mortgage, though, you have to deduct the points over the life of the loan. That means 1/30th a year if it’s a 30-year mortgage—that’s $33 a year for each $1,000 of points you paid. Not much, maybe, but don’t throw it away. And, in the year you pay off the loan—because you sell the house or refinance again—you may get to deduct all the as-yet-undeducted points. You do unless you refinance with the same lender. In that case, you add points on the latest deal to the leftovers from the previous refinancing and deduct the expense ratably over the life of the new loan.

11. Jury pay paid to employer.

Some employers continue to pay employees’ full salary while they are doing their civic duty, but ask that they turn over their jury fees to the corporate treasury. The only problem is that the IRS demands that you report those fees as taxable income. You’ve always had a right to deduct the amount, so you weren’t taxed on money that simply passed through your hands.

Content provided by Kiplinger, courtesy of TurboTax, a registered trademark of Intuit Inc.

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