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  • Sep 4, 2011
    8:40 PM ET

    A Writer’s Vacation Deduction?

    Question: I plan on taking an extended vacation that I intend to write a book about. Can I deduct my trip expenses on my tax return?

    – Craig Majka, Clyde Park, Mont.

  • Aug 24, 2011
    10:21 AM ET

    How Much Is My Home Heating Oil Worth?

    Question: We are selling our home and have about 125 gallons of heating oil in the tank. Our realtor said we can’t get reimbursed for that but at almost $4 a gallon I think we should get something. Which of us is correct?

  • Jul 30, 2011
    11:02 AM ET

    How Do I Use Savings Bonds for College Expenses?

    Question: I have purchased EE bonds for the past 18 years for my daughters with the expectation of using them for qualified college expenses (tax exempt was the plan). I make over $150,000 now and I think that income far exceeds the cutoff for getting the tax break. The bonds were made out in each of my daughter’s names with “or Gregory Parker” (me). Can my girls redeem the bonds as needed for college, since the bonds are in their names, with no tax implications to them or me? If not, can they redeem them at their tax rate?

    – Gregory S. Parker   Fernandina Beach, Fla.

  • Jul 28, 2011
    5:03 PM ET

    What Happened to My Credit Freeze?

    Question: In 2009, I found out that I was a victim of identity theft where two people, one in Florida and another in Texas, used my identity to buy goods and services. I sent the police report and a written letter to the three credit bureaus requesting a credit freeze. Experian did freeze my account, but Equifax and TransUnion did not. I called them but they just wanted to sell me their products to monitor my accounts. Please advise.

    – Maria Gomes, Arlington, Va.

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