Monthly Archives: April 2012

10 Facts About Mortgage Debt Forgiveness

Canceled debt is normally taxable to you, but there are exceptions. One of those exceptions is available to homeowners whose mortgage debt is partly or entirely forgiven during tax years 2007 through 2012. Here are 10 things you should know about Mortgage Debt Forgiveness. 1. Normally, debt forgiveness results in taxable income. However, under the…
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Six Facts about the Alternative Minimum Tax

The Alternative Minimum Tax attempts to ensure that anyone who benefits from certain tax advantages pays at least a minimum amount of tax. The AMT provides an alternative set of rules for calculating your income tax. In general, these rules should determine the minimum amount of tax that someone with your income should be required…
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Do You Qualify for the Home Office Deduction?

If you use part of your home for business, you may be able to deduct expenses for the business use of your home, provided you meet certain IRS requirements. 1. Generally, in order to claim a business deduction for your home, you must use part of your home exclusively and regularly: as your principal place…
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Spring Cleaning: Tax Records You Can Throw Away

Spring is a great time to clean out that growing mountain of financial papers and tax documents that clutters your home and office. Here's what you need to keep and what you can throw out without fearing the wrath of the IRS. Let's start with your "safety zone," the IRS statute of limitations. This limits…
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