In 2018, not only does April 15 fall on a Sunday, but April 16 is a federal holiday in our nation's capital. As a result, Uncle Sam is generously giving you until Tuesday, April 17 to file your tax return.
Don't use the break to procrastinate another two days. Here are some lesser-known deductions to include in your preparations for a lower tax bill and hopefully a higher refund.
1. Charitable Donations
Everyone knows you can write off cash contributions to approved non-profit organizations. Did you know that you can also deduct expenses incurred for charitable work? This includes a per-mile rate or public transportation fee for traveling back and forth to volunteer jobs.
2. State Income Taxes
If you pay a state income tax and you owed money with last year's return, that amount can be deducted from your federal taxes. Do you live in a state with no income tax? You have the option of deducting state sales tax.
3. Job Search Expenses
A job search can be costly. If you're looking for a new job in your current line of work, you may be able to deduct related expenses that exceed two percent of your adjusted gross income (AGI), even if you don't end up finding a job. Allowable items include resume writing and printing, auto mileage and employment agency fees.
4. Job-Related Moving Expenses
Congratulations! You accepted that great new job offer, but the commute is more than 50 miles longer than your previous one. The good news is that you can deduct any unreimbursed moving expenses without limit as long as they are "reasonable and necessary," such as rental trucks or short-term storage.
5. Medical and Dental Expenses
Even if you have health insurance, unreimbursed medical and dental expenses can add up, especially in times of serious health problems. You can deduct any such expenses that exceed 10% of your annual gross income.
6. Safe Deposit Box Rent
Do you keep copies of stocks, bonds and other financial information in a safe deposit box? The rental fee can be deducted on your tax return. Note that this doesn't apply for storing jewelry or personal, non-income-generating items.
7. Home Office
Working from home is becoming more common each year. If you use the spare bedroom in your Springs luxury apartment home as an office, you may be eligible for business expense deductions such as a prorated portion of rent.
IRS regulations change frequently, so be sure to consult a professional for specific information.