Itemizing could save you money
Generally, you are allowed to deduct on your income tax return the greater of your itemized deductions or the standard deduction. Yet each year hundreds of thousands of taxpayers overpay their taxes because they claim the standard deduction when itemizing would save them money.
Compare methods. Every taxpayer should compare the standard deduction to his or her actual deductible items (such as medical expenses, mortgage and investment interest, property and state income taxes, casualty losses, and job-related expenses). The comparison should be made each tax year. The fact that you didn't itemize in a prior year does not keep you from doing so on this year's tax return if you qualify.
Basically, the standard
deduction amount is determined by your filing status. If you're 65
or older, blind, or can be claimed as a dependent by another taxpayer,
you have a different standard deduction. For 2007, the standard deduction
If a married couple files separate returns and one spouse itemizes deductions, the other spouse must also itemize. Or they can each take the standard deduction of $5,350.
For assistance in identifying all the deductions to which you are entitled, contact our office. We are here to help you pay the lowest tax allowed under the law. Please call us at (703) 370-0019 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to help.
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