|Instead of deducting the actual expenses for the business use of your vehicle, opt for the standard mileage rate. In 2011, you can deduct 51 cents for each business mile you drive (55.5 cents per mile starting July 1, 2011).|
Reduce your estate by gifting property
There are many ways to contribute to a charitable organization. You can write a check, donate property, or give of your time. If you're planning for retirement, you might want to consider making a gift of a future interest in your property by establishing a charitable remainder unitrust or annuity trust. These trusts allow you to contribute the property and retain an income stream.Read more...
|If you are a teacher who spent your own money for classroom supplies, this is the last year you can take a deduction for up to $250 of those costs. Unless Congress extends the deduction, expenses you incur next year won't be deductible.|