*MISCELLANEOUS DEDUCTIONS –Lines 20-27, Schedule A
*There are numerous “Miscellaneous” deductions, but, in most cases, they are of no value in reducing your taxes since you must subtract 2% of your adjusted gross income from the total of these items and can only deduct the remaining balance – if any.
Qualifying business meals and entertainment expenses you incur as an employee are includible as “Miscellaneous” deductions, but must first be reduced by the 50% (or 75%) limit on meals and entertainment expenses.
There are three categories of deductions subject to the 2% Limit:
1. Unreimbursed employee business expense (Line 20 of Schedule A).
2. Tax Preparation Fees (Line 21 of Schedule A)
3. Other Expenses.
For a list of Other such Expenses,CLICK HERE
There are some Miscellaneous deductions NOT subject to the 2% reduction. They go on line 27 of Schedule A. They include:
1. amortizable premium on taxable bonds
2. Casualty and theft losses from income producing property
3. Gambling losses up to the amount of gambling winnings
4. Impairment-related work expenses for disabled persons
5. Losses passed thru from Schedule K-1, Form 1065-B, box 2
6. Repayments of more than $ 3000 under a claim of right
7. Unrecovered investment in an annuity.
The most frequently encountered of these deductions NOT subject to the 2% limit is on returns for people who go to gambling casinos and have some winnings. Usually people who win substantially, also have even more substantial losses. They have to pay tax on the winnings, and may be forced to itemize to claim the losses when, otherwise, they might have been better off taking the standard deduction.
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