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“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the people discover they can vote themselves largess out of the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the canidate promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that democracy always collapses over a loose fiscal policy--to be followed by a dictatorship.”
~ Alexander Fraser Tytler
If you suffer damages to your home or personal property, you may be able to deduct the loss on your federal income tax return. If your area receives a federal disaster designation, you may be able to claim the loss sooner.
Ordinarily, a deduction is available only if the loss is major and not covered by insurance or other reimbursement.
Here are 10 tips taxpayers should know about deducting casualty losses:
The quick answer is, YES if you have a ROTH IRA and NO if you have a Traditional IRA (there is an exception that applies to non-deductible contributions).
You may elect to deduct up to $5,000 of start-up costs in the year your business begins operations. The $5,000 first-year deduction limit is reduced by the amount of start-up costs exceeding $50,000.
Generally, the cost of meals are considered a personal expense and are not deductible, unless they meet certain IRS rules.
Offshore accounts have been used to lure taxpayers into scams and schemes. According to the IRS, hiding money or assets in unreported offshore accounts remains on its annual list of tax scams.
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