can i deduct fire district tax on my property

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    (Sorry for the wording in this quote, but the Government wrote Pub 17.)

    From IRS's Publication 17, if they are deductible, they are deductible as a real property tax.  The IRS explains them as follows:

    Service charges used to maintain or improve services (such as trash collection or police and fire protection) are deductible as real estate taxes if:

    •     The fees or charges are imposed at a like rate against all property in the taxing jurisdiction,
    •     The funds collected are not earmarked; instead, they are commingled with general revenue funds, and
    •     Funds used to maintain or improve services are not limited to or determined by the amount of these fees or charges collected.
    • So, it's not deductible, since the funds are earmarked for a specific purpose: fire prevention services.
    • In that case, they would not be.
    • I think that fire tax should be repealed it is unfair!!
    • I agree with vickinger... That's another reason why I left CA.. It sucks!... Its sucks out all your $
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    No. Baaah!!! According to a ruling by the chief counsel, it's not going to be deductible. http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-wd/1310029.pdf
    • As far as I'm concerned, this whole idea get the GIANT raspberry!!!!!!!!   'Earmarked' for use by an agency, CalFire, that has absolutely no presence in my county and  management of its funds is under investigation..........any earmarking is just another term for 'how it goes into some politicians' pockets.
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