As long as we're talking about taxes, there's something I've
always wondered. What about the money you pay to the states in
sales tax? Do you figure it was never yours in the first place and
subtract it from the gross before you start, or do you include
sales tax paid as a miscellaneous deduction?
It was never your money. You are collecting it for the state. In my
state, NY, the state returns a very small percent to me as a fee for