Itemized Deductions

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What is the Tax Benefit Rule?

By | January 31st, 2018|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics|Tags: , , |

In tax terminology, the phrase “tax benefit rule” refers to whether or not a refund or recovery received in a future year is taxable. For example, whether or not a state income tax refund is taxable on your federal return depends on the “tax benefit rule.”

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From the Archives: Filing Separately on Your Iowa Return? Don’t Forget to Allocate Deductions

By | November 23rd, 2017|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics|Tags: , |

In Iowa, if you file as married filing separately, you must allocate itemized deductions based on income ratios.

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Deducting Business Charitable Contributions

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Small Business Tax and Accounting|Tags: , , |

Let's look at how to account for charitable contributions made through your business.

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Iowa Deduction for Charitable Mileage

By | June 5th, 2017|Categories: State Taxes|Tags: , , , |

Image courtesy of user Maialisa on Pixabay.com Iowa allows taxpayers to take an extra itemized deduction for charitable mileage. Here’s how it works. Background On federal tax returns, taxpayers who itemize deductions can take a deduction for mileage driven for charitable purposes. The deduction is equal to 14 cents per mile. (Note: this amount [...]

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Glossary: Itemized Deductions

By | April 12th, 2017|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics|Tags: , , , , |

Itemized deductions are an optional deduction taxpayers can take on tax returns for things such as medical expenses, property taxes, mortgage interest, and charitable contributions.

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