7 Out of 10 Americans Lost These Tax Breaks When They Filed Last Year

In order to keep as much of your money as you can, try not to make the mistakes of last year, as many unfortunately did. Just be sure to claim every tax deduction, credit or income adjustment when you are perfectly entitled to.

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1. Additional charitable gifts

We all remember to count the charitable contributions, but the additional gifts are often overlooked. For example, if you buy some supplies for a group of people, the cost of those supplies is actually deductible as an itemized charitable donation.

Also, if you wear a uniform while helping others—for example, as a hospital volunteer or youth group leader—the costs of that apparel can be counted as a charitable donation. The Internal Revenue Service will also deduct your rides if you use your vehicle for charitable purposes, such as delivering meals to the housebound in your community.

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