I apologize in advance for the un-originality of this post. It’s a filler. I admit it. But, at least it’s an interesting filler! If you have only a few minutes, check out the last two links, “write-offs that scream ‘audit me’!” and “10 big deductions”. The write-offs article is sure to make you smile. And grimace šŸ™‚

From the IRS site:

  • Sales Tax Deduction Calculator The Sales Tax Deduction Calculator can help you determine the amount of optional state and local sales tax you can claim on Schedule A of Form 1040.
  • IRS Withholding Calculator This easy-to-use calculator can help you figure your Federal income tax withholding so your employer can withhold the correct amount from your pay. This is particularly helpful if you’ve had too much or too little withheld in the past, your situation has changed, or you are starting a new job.
  • How to Contact the IRS The IRS is a big organization. To serve you best, we have established several contact points, tailored to serve specific purposes.

From MSN’s MoneyCentral:

  • 8 types of income the IRS can’t touchDon’t overpay taxes on income that’s protected by the U.S. tax code. Here are the major categories to watch, including five types of raises that don’t add a dime to your taxable income.
  • 5 tax myths that can cost you moneyWe all think we know the parts of the tax code that affect us. But do we really? If you believe some of these myths, you could pay more tax than you should.
  • Write-offs that scream ‘Audit me!’ It’s one thing to push the envelope, another to volunteer for the IRS audit list. Here are some of the most imaginative — and most illegal — deductions we’ve seen.
  • 10 big deductions too many people missIf you don’t know about a potential tax break, you won’t take it, says MSN Money tax expert Jeff Schnepper. Here are the deductions that a lot of taxpayers seem to forget.