How to Salvage a Home Sale Deduction - Partial Tax Break May Be Available

One of the biggest tax breaks in the tax code is the home sale exclusion. If you qualify, you can exclude the tax on the first $250,000 of gain from the sale of your principal residence, doubled to $500,000 if you file a joint return. But the exclusion is not available if you do not meet certain requirements.

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Mapping Out Deductions for Business Travel - How to Maximize the Tax Benefits of Business Trips

Are you planning a business trip to a distant city? If the destination is known for its cultural attractions or recreational activities, you might want to combine your business with a little pleasure. In fact, this could be a chance to get away after the children have gone back to school or to just spend some quality “alone time” with your spouse.

The good news is that the bulk of your expenses are deductible if you handle things the right way. However, if you are not careful, you could run afoul of some tricky tax rules.

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Seven Tax Moves to Make at Midyear

The summer is not just the season for recreation and relaxation. It can also be the time to reduce your 2015 tax liability. Here are seven prime examples for individuals and small-business owners:

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New Tax-Free Accounts for the Disabled

ABLE Act authorizes state programs

When the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (TIPA) was passed late last year, most of the attention was directed at the long list of extenders that were included in the new law, many of them retroactive to the beginning of 2014. But another piece of legislation attached to TIPA has “flown under the radar” thus far. Significantly, the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act authorizes the individual states to establish tax-free savings accounts for disabled individuals.

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