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Can I deduct payments for prior-year federal tax debt?

No. You can't deduct federal taxes you paid. However, you can deduct attorney fees if the attorney worked on these aspects related to the tax:

  • Determination
  • Collection
  • Refund

So, if you had attorney fees to clear your tax debt, deduct those on Schedule A.

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