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#611860 - 01/05/08 01:36 AM tuning as a tax deduction
inlovewithit Offline
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Hey guys!

I know y'all aren't CPAs, but my tech recently told me that, since I'm a music major, and keeping my piano in good repair (and in tune) is necessary to my study, I could write off my tuning bills as a deduction.

Do any of you know if that's accurate? He was fairly sure, and said he was certain that it was possible if I was teaching on the piano (but I'm not).

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#611861 - 01/05/08 01:58 AM Re: tuning as a tax deduction
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Educational expenses are deductible only if your studies are for a profession you are currently engaged in, such as teaching or accompanying, as far as I know. Check with a tax advisor to be certain.

Besides, if you are a student, chances are you do not have enough deductions to itemize anyway.
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#611862 - 01/05/08 03:20 AM Re: tuning as a tax deduction
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I'm a dependent; it would be a deduction for my parents.

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#611863 - 01/05/08 07:02 PM Re: tuning as a tax deduction
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Disclaimer: not an attorney, not a tax accountant, personal opinion only. Your tech is mistaken in your case. The idea of deductions is to figure a net income. If you are earning money as a piano player (or teacher), you probably owe income tax on it. That piano-related income is the gross income, and tuning expenses would be subtracted from it as a business expense. You probably want to use your tech's piano-related expertise only; like me, he is not a tax expert.
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#611864 - 01/05/08 07:14 PM Re: tuning as a tax deduction
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You have to earn money to take deductions. If you are earning money playing the piano or teaching piano, tuning your piano would probably be a deductable business expense for you, but probably not for your parents. You would need to file a schedule C. (disclamer, not a CPA either).
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