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Regarding your gambling winnings, you may not know that you can deduct any gambling losses you had in 1998. However, do not offset your gambling losses against your gambling winnings on line 21 of Form 1040. Gambling losses are deductible only as an itemized deduction on Schedule A, line 27, BUT the amount of the deduction cannot exceed the amount of your gambling winnings. You may have lost some money in Vegas during the same trip or at other times during the year. The losses are deductible, but only on Schedule A and only benefit you if you itemize.

There is a lot of good tax prep software out there that may be better than going to H&R. Being a tax planner from a Big 5 Accounting firm that charges a lot of money for tax returns, I recommend getting some professional help from a local tax planner.
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