10 Tax Questions You Probably Don't Ask

Are there personal or family expenses I could deduct?
If you divorced during the tax year, you probably have some complicated taxes that an advisor can help with. © Minerva Studio/iStockphoto

If you have a complicated family situation -- divorce, special needs family members, parents you care for -- then this is an important question to ask. It's also why having a tax adviser you feel comfortable with and who understands your family and situation is essential.

Your adviser should be able to explain the exemptions and deductions that fit your family, such as those for dependents (both children and other family members), medical expenses (including travel to and from doctors or hospitals, insurance premiums, drugs and treatments for you or any other family member whose medical expenses you pay) and educational deductions and credits to help pay college tuition -- for yourself or others. Find an accountant who will talk with you about those that apply to your taxes.