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A tax shield is a legal means of reducing income in order to protect it from taxation. In that sense a tax shield is the same as a tax deduction, except that a tax shield can also encompass deferments of income to future years. Any individual or business is eligible to use a tax shield. Donations to charity can be used as a tax shield, as can medical expenses, mortgage interest, interest on many business loans, business losses, and amortization and depreciation. Interest from a car loan or credit cards might be usable as a tax shield if the principle expense was incurred doing business. Child care and child education expenses are tax deductible in some states and therefore usable as a tax shield. Some states also offer a tax shield to renters in the form of renter's credits, but these are often much smaller than the deduction for mortgage expense. Interest from a personal loan may not be used as a tax shield.

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