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Summer Tax Tip #7 – Donate Household Items to Charity

Are you planning to clean out the garage, attic or basement this summer? If so, you’ll probably find household goods — such as used clothing and furniture — that you don’t want or need anymore. Consider donating these items to charity. Assuming they’re still in good condition, you may take a charitable deduction…

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Summer Tax Tip #6 – “Go Fishing” for Deductions

The IRS won’t allow you to claim deductions for an “entertainment facility,” such as a boat or hunting lodge. But you can still write off qualified out-of-pocket entertainment expenses, subject to the 50% limit. For example, if you take a client out on your boat, no depreciation deduction is allowed — but you…

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Summer Tax Tip #5 – Take Advantage of Business Travel

Suppose you’re required to go on a business trip this summer. You can write off your travel expenses as long as the trip’s primary purpose is business-related — even if you indulge in some vacationing. For instance, if you spend the business week in meetings and the weekend sightseeing, the entire cost of…

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Summer Tax Tip #4 – Rent out Your Primary Residence

Do you live in an area where a major summertime event — such as the U.S. Open golf tournament, the Hampton Classic horse show or the San Francisco Marathon — will be held? If you rent out your home for no more than two weeks, you don’t have to comply with the usual…

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Summer Tax Tip #3 – Throw a Company Picnic

You can generally deduct the cost of a picnic, barbecue or similar get-together. Not only will these events provide your workers with a break from the daily grind, but the 50% limit on meals and entertainment expense deductions also doesn’t apply. There is one caveat: The entire staff must be invited to qualify…

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Is the U.S. Supreme Court Wynne Decision A Winner For You – Not Just For Maryland Residents?

In a recent decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that Maryland’s failure to allow a credit against the local portion of Maryland personal income tax for taxes paid to another state was unconstitutional. The decision, Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne, May 18, 2015, lay the groundwork for potential refund opportunities…

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Summer Tax Tip #2 – Support a Recent Graduate

If your child recently graduated from college, this is probably the last year you can claim a dependency exemption for him or her. However, you must provide more than half of the child’s annual support to qualify for the $4,000 exemption. To clear the half-support threshold, consider giving the graduate a generous graduation…

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Summer Tax Tip #1 – Send the Kids to Camp

Parents who need to work may decide to send young children to summer camp while school is out. Assuming certain requirements are met, the cost of camp may qualify for a dependent care credit. Generally, the maximum credit is $600 for one child and $1,200 for two or more kids. But this tax…

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