Q: My brother borrowed $20,000 from me back in 2000. We set up a payment plan with 7 percent interest payments. But he only paid back $2,700 before he died last year without any real assets. Can I deduct the unpaid balance on my 2003 return? K.R., Newburgh, N.Y.
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Q: I own a residential real estate building that I bought in 1995. The building is 40 years old and needs a new roof. If I have a new roof installed this year, can I deduct the entire cost in 2004? M.S., Raleigh, N.C.
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Q: My elderly father has a significant amount of credit card debt. I am his only living heir. Will I be responsible for those debts when he dies? J.W., Paramus, N.J.
Q: I received shares of Prudential stock a few years ago because I had converted a group policy to a personal policy. If I sell the shares now, do I have to pay tax on the full value, even though I still own the insurance policy? A.P., Santa Clara, Calif.
Q: I experienced unusually high medical expenses in 2003. In addition to my out-of-pocket costs, I contributed $2,500 to my company flexible spending account (FSA) and used up all the funds. Can I count those FSA expenses as deductible medical expenses? J.B., Winslow, Ariz.