Overlooked Tax Deductions

Claiming a number of tax deductions often requires receipts or other documentation. For this reason there are many individuals who may be unable to claim some of these frequently overlooked tax deductions on this years tax return. To prevent yourself from losing even more money next year taxpayers are encouraged to spend the whole year preparing for tax season and tax deductions.

With many businesses declaring bankruptcy or laying off their workers there is an increased number of individuals looking for a job. Another one of the most frequently overlooked tax deductions is that of expenses related to a job search. Many job seeker know how expensive looking for a new job can be. It is possible for job seekers to claim tax deductions on their phone expenses that are related to a job search. These phone expenses may include long distance telephone calls to set up an interview or even over the phone interviews. In addition to phone expenses job seekers can also claim the mileage of going to and from a job interview. Other job search deductions may include the cost of having a resume professionally prepared and the costs of mailing or faxing out that resume.

Unfortunately there are a number of taxpayers who will qualify for a natural disaster tax deduction. With the recently active 2005 hurricane season and the dreadful predictions of more to come it is likely that a large number of individuals will qualify for a natural disaster tax deduction. This deduction is used to make up for the amount of property damage that was not covered by homeowners insurance. To qualify for a natural disaster tax deduction the property loss must be at least ten percent of an taxpayers income. It is sad to say, but with the majority of tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods is it not uncommon for a home to be completely destroyed which would allow the tax deduction to be claimed.

The Ministry of Finance said last week that China will reinstate a 17% value added tax on domestic recycled materials, including scrap metals from January 1, adding partial rebates are still in effect until 2010.

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