Understanding the rules
Many taxpayers are required to maintain a certain personal appearance or wear special clothing for work. However, not all your purchases for work-related attire or personal grooming reap a tax deduction. If you are required to wear a uniform or other special clothing that has the name of your employer or some other logo on it, that cost is deductible as a miscellaneous itemized deduction.
|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 rules tighten your options
For the 2014 tax year, children, under the age of 18 who have unearned income in excess of $2,000,are taxed at their parent'shigher rate. At age 18. the kiddie tax applies unless the child provides more than 50% of his/her own support. The kiddie tax also applies to full-time studnets between the ages of 19 and 23 unless they provide more than 50% of their own support. Generally, unearned income includes interest and dividend income, capital gains, taxable social security benefits, and pension distributions.
|If you are a teacher who spent your own money for classroom supplies, you can take a deduction for up to $250 of those costs.|