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Want to avoid owing a large amount of money at tax time?  Make sure you take advantage of every tax deduction you can!  We know that the tax laws are confusing and it can be hard for the average person to know what tax breaks are out there.  Fortunately, we are willing to share our tax secrets.  Here are 6 tax deductions you may not know about.


1. Medical and dental expenses

Did you know that claiming your medical expenses could reduce your tax bill?  That’s right!  So, the next time you start dreading that trip to the doctor, just think of all the tax savings you’re racking up in the process.  If you itemize your deductions, you can deduct unreimbursed medical and dental expenses paid for you, your spouse and your dependents.  Qualified expenses include payments for the diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of disease.  The downside?  You can only deduct the portion that exceeds 7.5% of your adjusted gross income (AGI).


2. Mortgage interest

Home ownership can be expensive, but it comes with tax benefits.  One of them being that you can deduct the interest paid on a loan used to buy, build or improve your main or second home.  How much interest you can deduct depends on when you bought your home.  If your purchase was before December 15, 2017, you can deduct the interest on mortgages up to $1,000,000 ($500,000 if married filing separately).  Those who purchased their home after that point can only deduct the interest on mortgages up to $750,000 ($375,000 if married filing separately).


3. Charitable contributions

A small amount can make a big difference when it comes to helping to those less fortunate.  But you may want to dig a little deeper into your wallet the next time you are asked to donate to charity.  If you itemize and give to a qualified organization, your contributions may be tax deductible.  Qualified organizations include nonprofit hospitals and colleges, Veterans’ groups, religious organizations, and more.  For 2022, you must itemize your deductions on a Schedule A to receive this tax deduction.  You can make cash donations up to 60 percent of your adjusted gross income.


4. Student loan interest

Sick and tired of paying your student loans?  Who isn’t?!  It’s an extra bill we rack up every month that can be very expensive!  Well, we have some news that will make the pill a little easier to swallow.  You can deduct the interest you’ve paid during the year or up to $2,500 for student loan interest, whichever is less.  So paying off your student loan debt can actually pay off!

5. Self-employment deductions

Being your own boss is great for many reasons.  You get to call the shots, set your own schedule, learn invaluable lessons, create job opportunities and more.  But being self-employed can also be very costly, especially when it comes to your tax return.  This is why it’s important to understand the self-employment deductions that you may qualify to lower your tax bill.  Deductible expenses include:

  • Home office deduction:  You can deduct $5 per square foot of your space, up to 300 square feet.  So, the most you can deduct is $1,500.
  • Work-related vehicle expenses – The standard mileage rate is 58.5 cents per mile for the first half of 2022 and 62.5 cents per mile for the rest of the year.
  • Health insurance premiums – You can deduct medical, dental and long-term care insurance premiums for you, your spouse and your children who are under 27 years old at the end of the year.
  • Office supplies – Computers, printers, internet hosting fees, cloud services, software, phones, paper, pens, etc. 
  • Self-employment taxes – The self-employment tax rate is 15.3% which breaks down to 12.4% for Social Security and 2.9% for Medicare.  You can deduct half of it from your income when you file your federal tax return.

Make sure to keep good track of your business expenses throughout the year and take advantage of all available deductions at tax time.


6. State and local taxes (SALT deduction)

According to WalletHub, residents in New York, Hawaii and Maine have the highest tax burdens in the country.  The good news is you can deduct your state and local taxes if you itemize.  You can include the amounts paid for real estate taxes, property taxes, and either income taxes or general sales taxes.  You cannot deduct both.  The maximum SALT deduction is $10,000 ($5,000 if married filing separately).

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