With all the changes in the new tax law, you may not know what expenses you’re still allowed to deduct. Fortunately, we have you covered. Here is a list of tax deductions you may have thought got the axe but are still available for your 2018 tax return.
The medical expense tax deduction is still available and will increase to 10 percent of your adjusted gross income. Qualifying medical expenses include doctor bills, prescriptions, insurance premiums under certain circumstances, newborn expenses, related travel expenses and more. You can even deduct the cost of service animals including purchase, training, feeding, grooming and veterinary care.
Gambling losses can still be included as miscellaneous tax deductions, but the definition of gambling losses has been broadened to include other expenses related to gambling activities, such as travel to and from a casino or track. You can only deduct losses up to the amount of your winnings, so any excess loss can’t offset other highly taxed income.
According to the IRS, taxpayers must compile the following in a log or other record:
- The date and type of each wager or wagering activity.
- The name and location of the gambling establishment.
- The names of any other person accompanying you to the gambling establishment.
- The amount you won or lost.
Alimony and Legal Fees
Alimony payments made under divorce or separation instruments that are executed after December 31, 2018 will no longer be deductible, and recipients of affected alimony payments will no longer have to include them in taxable income. But if your divorce was executed before the cut off, alimony is still deductible. Divorce-related legal fees may also be deductible by the party seeking alimony if the legal fees are incurred while disputing alimony rights.
Home Office Deduction
You may still be able to deduct some expenses for the business use of your home if there is a part of it that you use regularly and exclusively for work. To qualify, your home must also be your principal place of business, so even daycare providers and certain other businesses may take this deduction.
Health Savings Account Contributions
A Health Savings Account (HSA) is funded with pre-tax money, so it can still create tax deductions plus potential retirement savings. That money can be used tax-free for qualifying healthcare expenses, such as doctor visits, dental work, eyeglasses and more. HSA contribution limits will rise to $3,500 for individuals and $7,000 for families, and those 55 or older can contribute an additional $1,000. You’ll still need to have a qualifying high-deductible health insurance plan to contribute to an HSA, and you generally must not have any other health coverage.
No matter how the new tax laws affect your tax situation, ezTaxReturn can help you maximize your deductions and receive the biggest tax refund possible. The whole process is quick and easy as we ask about life events and other relevant information to help you take advantage of every credit and deduction the law allows.