A. In our experience there are four types of taxpayers
Which of these taxpayers is right? The answer is any of them. They each make decisions for themselves and accept the outcome. Which taxpayer are you? Is that where you want to be or if you could choose would you be in a different group? You can choose, and our tax professionals can help you!
A. Filing statuses are actually quite rigid, there is not nearly as much flexibility in which status to choose as many people would have you believe. If you are married by Dec 31st of the previous year, then you only have two options. Married Filing Joint or Married Filing Separate. I cannot begin to tell you the amount of times friends, families, attorneys or even divorce decrees give incorrect information in regard to filing statuses. If you are married, you absolutely cannot file two separate returns as Head of Household and Single respectively. You may file Married Filing Separate, but that comes with some potential downsides. Before making a decision on how to file, you should consult with a competent tax professional.
A. This one depends on many factors, but generally the answer is $0. The maintenance, repairs, renovations and improvements on your primary residence are almost never deductible. That doesn’t mean they won’t help you in the long run, but you cannot write them off as an itemized deduction on your tax return. Instead, the amounts are used to increase your basis in your home. Basis is a running calculation to determine what you’ve paid for your home. In some cases, how much you’ve paid for your home, both the original purchase price and the improvements you’ve made to the home since you bought it, can be used to reduce capital gains tax on the sale of the home. Basis also matters for many other cases, such as the 2017 Hurricane Harvey Safe Harbor calculations.