taxes

The Kiplinger Taxopedia: What's Deductible?

From property taxes to student-loan interest to child-care expenses, find all your tax deductions in our encyclopedias. We’ve crammed each one with the information you need to file your tax return ... and hold your tax bill to the legal minimum.

Did you know you can write off college tuition costs? Or job-related moving expenses? And you don't even have to itemize to get these breaks. Did you know that the old Hope college credit – which used to be good for only the first two years of college – has been temporarily enlarged and is now good for the first four years of college? That some new homeowners who took advantage of the special homebuyer’s tax credit have to pay it back . . . and some don’t?

The federal income tax law is packed with a multitude of ways to lower your tax bill. The trick is knowing which deductions and credits are available -- then taking advantage of them. You're probably thinking you need to hire a high-price accountant for that. Not so.

Our tax encyclopedias make it easy to find out what is deductible. We cover all the major areas, from charitable contributions to medical expenses to retirement savings. Check out our easy-to-use guides to find out how you can cut your 2010 tax bill. And here’s more good news: What you learn now can be put into practice in the future, too, to hold down your tax bill year after year after year.

What's Deductible?

Business Expenses
Congress has filled the tax law with opportunities for businesses both large and small to recoup a healthy portion of reasonable and necessary business expenses with tax deductions and credits.

Cars and Other Things You Own
Believe it or not, you actually can ring up tax savings as the result of buying things.

Charitable Contributions
It's good to give. And for your generosity, the IRS rewards you with tax-saving deductions for charitable contributions.

Children and Other Dependents
Kids can cost a small fortune, but they can be real money savers at tax time. Check out all the ways children and other dependents can trim your tax bill.

Education Expenses
The tax law is filled with breaks to help taxpayers pay for education -- for your children, your grandchildren or even for yourself.

Employee Expenses
You don’t have to run your own business to rack up tax breaks. Even if you work 9-to-5 for the boss, Uncle Sam may subsidize some of your job-related costs.

Home Ownership
Homeowners can claim a slew of write-offs to lower their tax bills.

Investment and Retirement Savings
0% capital gains? Check. Tax-free dividends? Check Tax-free retirement income? Check. There’s a long list of ways to save taxes on your savings..

Medical Expenses
The list of medical costs that can be deducted stretches to the Mayo Clinic and back but the best way for most taxpayers to benefit has nothing to do with itemizing deductions.

Other Deductions
These tax savers don't fall under any of our other Taxopedia categories . . . but that doesn’t mean they won’t save you money.

Most Popular

How Gas Prices Are Determined
personal finance

How Gas Prices Are Determined

Who controls gas prices in the U.S.? There's no puppeteer, just several factors that combine to pull and push on what you pay at the pump.
May 17, 2022
Your Guide to Roth Conversions
Special Report
Tax Breaks

Your Guide to Roth Conversions

A Kiplinger Special Report
February 25, 2021
The Best Stocks for a Bear Market
stocks to buy

The Best Stocks for a Bear Market

The ideal bear-market stock pick should have a defensive business, a long history of dividend growth and relatively low volatility. Here are 10 stocks…
May 18, 2022

Recommended

Taxes on Unemployment Benefits: A State-by-State Guide
state tax

Taxes on Unemployment Benefits: A State-by-State Guide

Don't be surprised by an unexpected state tax bill on your unemployment benefits. Know where unemployment compensation is taxable and where it isn't.
May 23, 2022
Medical Professionals: It’s Not Too Late to Save on Your Taxes
tax planning

Medical Professionals: It’s Not Too Late to Save on Your Taxes

If your income rebounded in 2021, consider these four investment and tax-saving moves now. While most of these strategies apply to 2022 and beyond, on…
May 20, 2022
Charitable Tax Deductions: An Additional Reward for the Gift of Giving
Tax Breaks

Charitable Tax Deductions: An Additional Reward for the Gift of Giving

With a charitable tax deduction, you can donate to a good cause and cut your tax bill at the same time.
May 19, 2022
No Tax for Donating Leave to Ukraine Victims
Tax Breaks

No Tax for Donating Leave to Ukraine Victims

Vacation, sick, or personal leave donated to help victims of the Russian invasion of Ukraine won't be treated as taxable income.
May 19, 2022