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The 6 Types Of Itemized Deductions That Can Still Be Claimed After TCJA

...Regardless, despite the upheaval, itemizing deductions is still a viable strategy to reduce overall tax obligations, and there are still six core deductions available to taxpayers, including: medical expenses (to the extent that they exceed 10% of Adjusted Gross Income); taxes paid to other governmental entities (both state or local municipality taxes as well as foreign governments, but with a $10,000 maximum deduction limit… regardless of filing status!); at least some types of interest paid (for not only mortgage interest – up to a $750,000 principal limit – but for investment purposes as well); charitable giving (but with limits); casualty and theft losses (but, for individuals, only if they were attributable to a Federally declared disaster); and other (miscellaneous-but-not-subject-to-the-2%-of-AGI-floor) deductions (such as gambling losses, among others)...

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How To (Correctly) Fix A Forgotten, Missed, Or Miscalculated Required Minimum Distribution (RMD)

...Tax-deferred accounts have long been a boon to savers, allowing them to earn additional growth on top of the growth without Uncle Sam taking a share. But tax-deferred doesn’t mean tax-free, and sooner or later, Uncle Sam will eventually take his share, since each and every retirement account is subject to Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) rules at some point...

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Maximizing Tax Deductions For Long-Term Care (LTC) Insurance

In this article, we explore the full range of options, from the most favorable (purchasing on behalf of employees, or for employee-owners of a C corporation or who are less-than-2% shareholders of an S corporation), to the slightly less favorable (purchasing for owner-employees of partnerships and LLCs, more-than-2% owners of S corporations, and sole proprietors), to the least favorable (paying for LTC insurance premiums directly, subject to age-based limitations, medical expense AGI thresholds, and itemized deduction limitations). And there are also the less-common-but-also-sometimes-appealing alternatives, like using the money in a Health Savings Account (HSA) to purchase LTC insurance, or funding it via a partial 1035 exchange into a standalone LTC insurance or hybrid LTC policy.

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