I didn't want to go to school yesterday, but needed to go to have our taxes done. There were two guys that specialized in teacher taxes that were going to be there. Since we'd already received our W-2, I gathered all my paper work and went to school.
I usually do our taxes, but was curious about items that he could do. I'd known about "Forced Housing", but didn't know that we could include utilities with out rent. I also didn't exactly know where to place this on the form since we don't itemize our deductions. He placed it in the first section as a negative to our income.
Now, you're probably wondering what is "Forced Housing". Because we are forced to live in teacher housing (no other is available) we can subtract rent, electric and propane. One of the advantages of living on an Indian Reservation.
To make a short story of this - we're getting back over $3000, but we have to pay $150 to Arizona.
The $3000 will go towards a car.