What are the Allowable Deductions Which Can be Claimed Under Section 8

Business owners and individuals may find it challenging to navigate the complex landscape of tax deductions. A particular area that needs attention is Section 8, which governs deductions allowed in the United States. The purpose of this section of the tax code is to provide guidelines on what expenses can be deducted from your taxable income, thereby reducing your tax liability.

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In this blog, we’ll explore the key deductions allowed under Section 8, shedding light on how you can optimize your tax strategy.

  1. Home Mortgage Interest:

The interest on a home mortgage is one of the most substantial deductions allowed under Section 8. In general, you can deduct the interest you pay on your mortgage if you own a home and calculate your deductions. Depending on the size of your loan and the year you took it out, you may be able to deduct some or all of the interest you pay on your mortgage. For example, the maximum amount of mortgage interest that can be written off for loans made after December 31, 2017, is $750,000 ($375,000 if married filing separately).

  1. State and Local Taxes (SALT):

State and local taxes (SALT) that were paid throughout the tax year may be deducted in accordance with Section 8. This covers sales taxes, real estate taxes, and income taxes. There are restrictions on how much you can deduct, so it’s important to stay up to date on the most recent tax regulations because changes may affect the amount you’re able to write off. The SALT deduction is capped at $10,000 ($5,000 if married filing separately) for tax years 2022 and 2023.

  1. Charitable Contributions:

Under Section 8, contributions to eligible charities may be subject to sizable deductions. You can write off the fair market value of your donations when you give cash, goods, or property to an approved charity. Keep any necessary records of your donations, such as tax receipts and letters of gratitude from the charities. However, the total amount of charitable deductions you can claim in a given year cannot be greater than 50% of your AGI.

  1. Medical Expenses:

Qualified medical expenses that go over a specified amount are also eligible for deductions under Section 8. In general, medical costs that surpass 7.5% of your adjusted gross income are deductible. The cost of visiting a doctor, purchasing prescription medications, and undergoing some medical procedures are all examples of eligible costs. In order to properly claim this deduction, it’s imperative to keep detailed records of your medical expenses.

  1. Education Expenses:

Higher education students may be qualified for deductions under Section 8. Education costs may be partially mitigated through the American Opportunity Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit. In addition, the interest on certain student loans may be deducted. Make sure you are aware of the precise requirements and restrictions relating to these educational deductions.

  1. Business Expenses:

Various business-related expenses are eligible for deductions under Section 8 if you are an independent contractor or business owner. Office lease payments, employee salaries, utility costs, and asset depreciation are a few examples. Maintaining complete records and receipts for all deductible expenses is essential since they will be required in the case of an IRS examination.


Understanding allowable deductions under Section 8 of the US tax code is essential for optimizing your tax strategy and minimizing your tax liability. These deductions, ranging from home mortgage interest to business expenses, can significantly impact your overall financial health. However, tax laws are subject to change, and it’s crucial to stay informed about the latest updates and consult with a tax professional to ensure you’re taking full advantage of available deductions while remaining compliant with tax regulations.

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