Detecting Tax Deductions

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email

With tax season upon us, many are wondering, what, if anything, can we write off as a tax deduction. It can be a complicated process, but local tax offices are here to help.

In order to write off things like charitable donations or job hunting costs, you need to know if you are able to itemize. If you are married and filing taxes jointly, you must have over $12,200 in expenses. If you are single, your expenses must add up to over $6,100. If you are the head of household, expenses must exceep $8,950 in order to itemize.

One of the biggest write-offs for homeowners is energy efficient upgrades.

"If you put new windows in, energy efficient, doors that are energy efficient, if you did anything solar with your house, that's energy efficient," explained Anthony Havelka-Chibici, Senior Tax Analyst at Haven Tax and Accounting, "you definitely need to make sure you come in and talk to people that understand taxes and accounting, so they can maximize that for you on your refund."

He says you need to keep your invoice from those purchases and if you do not have a receipt, chances are you paid for it with a credit card and should have records through those statements.

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