Don't overlook your home office
If you use a portion of your home for business, you may be able to take a home office deduction whether you are self-employed or an employee. Expenses that you may be able to deduct for business use of the home may include the business portion of real estate taxes, mortgage interest, rent, utilities, insurance, depreciation, painting, and repairs.
|If you are a self-employed taxpayer, you may deduct 100 percent of your health insurance premiums from your income. The deduction for health insurance premiums does not reduce your self-employment tax, however.|
New option for charitable giving
If you are age 70 1/2 or older, there is another option for you to consider when making charitable contributions. Beginning after December 31, 2005, you may be allowed to make a charitable contribution of up to $100,000 of distributions from your IRA. Although there is no charitable contribution deduction allowed,
|Contributions to a health savings account (HSA) must be made by the due date of your tax return excluding extensions.|