Anchin Experts Suggest Ways to Save Taxes

Photo by Ken Teegardin.
Photo by Ken Teegardin.

Many taxpayers collect a refund on the taxes they paid during the previous year, but according to some experts, their refunds could be even bigger if they only knew about a whole host of deductions they are eligible for.

Anchin, Block & Anchin CPA Richard Baum explained that anyone who relocated due to a job switch is entitled to take the moving expenses as a deduction. All that is required is that the move be 50 miles or more away from their previous residence. Baum adds that even in the case of a first job these expenses, including gas and a moving van, are deductible.

“Moving expenses for someone’s first job are deductible,” says Richard Baum, a CPA and tax partner at Anchin, Block, & Anchin, a New York based accounting firm.

What other expenses are taxpayers entitled to deduct? Anchin experts say that half of the self-employment tax which self-employed people must pay is deductible. In addition, health insurance premiums are also deductible for the self-employed. All taxpayers are eligible to deduct the premiums they pay for long-term care insurance.

Anchin, Block & Anchin also remind people that it pays to give. While most people realize that charitable contributions are deductible, they might not be aware that some charity-related expenses are also deductible. One good example is that the ingredients someone purchases to bake a cake for a bake sale to raise money for a cause are deductible, too. You can also deduct the mileage from the trip to a fund-raising event.

Richard Baum of Anchin adds that anyone who has an investment portfolio and wants to give to a charity should rather give appreciated stock instead of writing a check.

“Give that stock away in kind, get a tax deduction for the higher value, and never pay a capital gains tax,” Anchin’s Baum explains.


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