Question: My elderly mother needs help a few hours a day to shop, work around the house, etc. My wife and I live in another state. We pay a neighborhood woman $15 an hour for assistance, but she isn't a nurse. We also pay $500 a month toward my mother's rent, about half the bill. Are we entitled to any tax benefits? – R.P., Vermont
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For some people, waiting until mid-April to file their individual income tax returns simply represents a bad case of procrastination. Others hold out so they can keep their money until the last possible moment. Whatever your reason, if you haven't filed yet, you can still cut your 2004 tax bill with a few timely tactics and tax-smart choices.
Q: The "estimate of earnings" I recently received from the Social Security Administration showed that I had no income in a year I actually earned more than $100,000. I'm age 61. Is it worth going through the hassle to change this? And, if so, how do I do it? H.S., Wichita, Kan.
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Q: I've been encouraging both my children, now ages 24 and 21, to make contributions to an IRA. But is there any minimum deduction for lower-wage earners? C.M., Glen Burnie, Md.
While you can still claim top-dollar deductions for your charitable donations, the massive new tax law signed last October—the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004—imposed new limits on certain donations. Now that the dust has settled, this much is clear: It's more important than ever to keep proper donation records. If you don't, you could lose all or part of your deductions.
Don't trip over the tricky tax rules for property-tax rebates.
Real estate remains rock-solid in this economy. If you bought property years ago, you may be sitting on a gold mine. Of course, when you finally sell, you could face a whopping tax bill, too.
Risk: Overlooking that decision can trigger compensation problems or IRS penalties.
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