Overlooked Tax Deductions, A Photo Essay

by Silicon Valley Blogger on 2008-03-319

Tax deductions… we all want as much of them as we can. We all want to keep more of our money and one way to do this is by itemizing our tax returns and understanding the tax code enough to take the right deductions that fit our personal situations. Imagine losing out on money you could be receiving every year! This is one reason why having a trusted tax advisor or professional could prove to be valuable. Who knows — a good accountant or enrolled agent may save you more than enough money to offset what you end up paying them.

In the past, I’ve missed out on a deduction or two and contemplated filing amendments. We had some health care related deductions that we were entitled to during some years we’ve visited the hospital once too often. So keep track of what’s happened to you during the year so as not to miss out.

Now with the complicated tax code, you could be missing a few of them if you happen to be itemizing your tax return. It seems that some tax deductions aren’t as well publicized nor as well referenced as we’d like them to be.

What out there can we be missing out on? Well here’s a short collection of tax deductions (care of Forbes) that are often overlooked by most:

#1 Home Mortgage Points

tax deductible mortgage points

#2 Home Improvements for Health Reasons

tax deductible home improvements

#3 State Taxes on Personal Property

tax deductible state taxes

#4 Long Term Care Insurance Premiums

tax deductible long term care insurance


#5 Financial Losses From Criminal Activity (Theft, Embezzlement, Swindles, Scams, Fraud)

Don’t lose out on this type of tax deduction that even professional tax preparers tend to miss!

tax deductible theft losses

#6 Financial Losses From Gambling

tax deductible gambling losses

#7 Eye and Ear Care and Surgery

tax deductible eye care

#8 Fertility Enhancement Or Prevention Methods

tax deductible prescription

#9 Worthless Securities

tax deductible stocks

#10 IRA Administration Fees

tax deductible IRA Admin Fees

And for those of you who are “probloggers”, website publishers, or small business entrepreneurs, you can check out this tailored list of easily overlooked tax deductions. A good number of them can apply to your situation!

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Silicon Valley Blogger March 31, 2008 at 11:09 pm

What! Nobody excited enough to talk about their tax deductions? 😉

jim April 1, 2008 at 8:18 am

No… 🙂

You’d think that they would have better artists over there at Forbes…

Silicon Valley Blogger April 1, 2008 at 8:25 am

HAHA! Thanks for the feedback. Yeah, you’d think…

Hey I was only vaguely aware that losses from gambling and theft were deductible.

I knew that medical procedures and prescriptions are deductible if they apply to that percentage deductibility limit for medical expenses, so infertility treatments and contraceptives fall in that bucket.

jim April 1, 2008 at 3:02 pm

Yeah, but gambling losses require gambling winnings to offset, which people don’t report anyway unless required… (plus most people lose!)

mandy July 28, 2010 at 7:30 am

The article is great and the gambling deductions are crazy. HAHAHA

stephen September 28, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Whoa! Never even thought of it! Health issues, gambling, criminal activities?! I’m amazed. Thanks, the post is grrrrrreat!

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