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Who Can Claim Tax Preparation Fees?

Who Can Claim Tax Preparation Fees?

There is a chance to claim tax preparation fees as a self-employed. The opportunity is a big gap with benefits, but you need to know how to fill the gap to harness the benefits. So, here are some details on how to fill the gap. 

Suppose you're self-employed, earning above $400 in a tax year; you can claim tax preparation. Earning above the threshold gives you a chance to deduct many expenses without altering your return. On the contrary, if you earn below the threshold, you have no deductible for the tax year.


Who Can Still Deduct Tax Preparation Fees?

To claim tax preparation fees, you must be self-employed between the 2018 tax year and 2025 until congress alters the law. In other words, the opportunity is available for sole proprietors. It is filed on Schedule C. Statutory employees also benefit from this opportunity since they are considered employees for tax reasons. The statutory law covers the following:

  • Food and beverages delivery drivers earning on commission

  • Dry cleaning or laundry workers earning on commission

  • Individuals earning a full-time income from traveling and as a local salesperson

  • Life insurance AI 

What Portion of Fees Can I Deduct?

The next step is figuring out what part of the tax preparation fees you can reduce. The IRS allows taxpayers to deduct meeting and visitation costs of hiring an accountant or tax preparer, the cost of acquiring tax preparation software, and credit card and e-filing costs. In addition, you can remove legal and professional fees paid in acquiring business assets. The deduction is reported on Schedule C.


Deducting Tax Preparation Fees on Personal Taxes

There may come a time when Uncle Sam will send you a W-4 form. Sadly, the form informs you that you cannot deduct tax preparation fees. This is because the Tax Cuts and Jobs act of 2017 eliminated some tax benefits, such as reducing transportation costs, tax preparation costs, unreimbursed work expenses, theft losses, and medical costs.

However, the advantage of the law is that the legislation increases the standard deduction limit. Thus, a taxpayer can only deduct these fees if they reach the threshold – 2% of their AGI. in essence, if you earn an AGI of $100,000, the IRS will receive more than $2,000 to allow you to deduct them. Therefore, it is more expensive to reach the threshold than to hire a tax preparer.


How to Claim a Deduction for Tax Preparation Fees

If you deduct the tax preparation fee, the IRS expects to see it on Schedule C, F, and E as ordinary and necessary expenses for maintaining a business. In addition, taxpayers can include every cost they incur to settle tax issues related to their profit or loss in a business.

Claiming the Deduction on Schedule F

The Profit and Loss from Farming are reported on Schedule F. in the form, and you'll report the tax preparation fees as other expenses on Lines 27. In addition, you'll also explain what the expenses are for on the lettered lines. You can decide to represent them as tax prep fees and office expenses. Remember that the deduction is not for personal tax but for farming-related issues.

Claiming the Deduction on Schedule E 

If you fall under Supplemental Income and Loss, file your taxes on Schedule E. other category covers many tax situations and entities such as royalties and income from renting out a home or real estate. You can deduct any tax issue related to these matters, but you can't deduct the total cost of preparing your taxes. Therefore, you can also benefit from deducting this and other related schedules or other tax issues affecting your income.