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investor or trader?

Can an Investor Who Manages Their Own Portfolio Deduct Related Expenses?

In some cases, an investor has significant related expenses, such as the cost of subscriptions to financial periodicals and clerical expenses. Are they tax deductible? Under the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, these expenses aren’t deductible through 2025 if they’re considered expenses for the production of income. But they are deductible if they’re considered trade…

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unemployment and working from home tax implications

Tax Implications of Working from Home and Collecting Unemployment

COVID-19 has changed our lives in many ways, and some of the changes have tax implications. Here is basic information about two common situations: working from home and collecting unemployment. 1. Working from home. Many employees have been told not to come into their workplaces due to the pandemic. If you’re an employee who “telecommutes”…

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construction meal and entertainment expenses

Deductibility of Meals and Entertainment Expenses After Tax Reform

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) made significant changes to the deductibility of meal and entertainment expenses. Unfortunately, there’s still a great deal of confusion about which deductions have been eliminated and which remain. Here’s a summary with you, the contractor, in mind. Entertainment and meals The TCJA eliminated most deductions for activities considered…

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business meal expenses

When Can You Deduct Business Meals?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) eliminated most tax deductions for business-related entertainment, beginning in 2018. It also created confusion over the continued deductibility of business meals. Late last year, the IRS issued a notice clarifying that taxpayers may continue to deduct 50% of eligible business meal expenses and providing temporary guidance on the…

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Medicare

Seniors: Medicare Premiums Could Lower Your Tax Bill

Americans who are 65 and older qualify for basic Medicare insurance, and they may need to pay additional premiums to get the level of coverage they desire. The premiums can be expensive, especially if you’re married and both you and your spouse are paying them. But one aspect of paying premiums might be positive: If…

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interest expense

Matters of Interest: When Are Interest Payments Deductible?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) has made a significant impact — both directly and indirectly — on the deductibility of interest expense. Here’s a quick review of where things now stand. 5 types of interest Interest expense generally falls within one of five categories: Business interest, Qualified residence interest, Investment interest, Qualified student…

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