Q: My son made lots of charitable contributions last year, but he usually uses only the standard deduction. Is it true that he can deduct charity deductions only if he itemizes on Schedule A? O.D., New York, N.Y.
Small Business Tax
Section 179 vehicles should be a key part of your small business tax deduction strategies. Can Section 179 property fit in with your business tax strategies?
Let Business Management Daily help you get each and every rental property depreciation credit and business tax deduction you’re entitled to.
Tell the IRS you're on the move. The IRS is only required to send notices to your "last-known address." So if you don't send the IRS a change of address form (Form 8822), you usually can't claim that you weren't notified in time. But you may be able to rely on your other IRS filings. Recent case: The Tax Court ruled that a taxpayer had provided "clear and concise" notification of an address change when he filed a power of attorney (Form 2848). (Hunter, TC Memo 2004-81)
Q: I recently acquired stock in a closely held company. Can I contribute the stock to my IRA? P.A., Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Q: I have several IRAs and just turned 70, so I must start taking withdrawals next year. Do I have to take money out of each IRA? A.S., Yardley, Pa.
When switching business insurers, don't just weigh coverage and cost. Also check out the insurers' claims-filing procedures.
Q: My wife has taught in public schools for 30 years and participated in a 403(b) plan the entire time. Now she's thinking about opting for early retirement. Does she need to wait until she retires to roll over that money into an IRA? C.T., Sacramento, Calif.
Q: I am selling a vacation home. My daughter owns a lot where I can build a new house. Can I roll over the profit from the old home into the new home tax-free? R.C., Dunwoody, Calif.
Did you buy a place in the country in the days before suburban sprawl? If so, you can nail down a tax deduction this year simply by agreeing to preserve the land in its pristine state.
Why bother tracking your medical expenses? Tax rules say you can start deducting unreimbursed medical expenses only after they exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income (AGI). So if your AGI is $100,000 this year, you'd need to fork over $7,500 of your own cash before you can deduct one single nickel.