When you file a tax return, you usually have a choice to make: whether to itemize deductions or take the standard deduction. You should compare both methods and use the one that gives you the greater tax benefit.
The IRS offers these six facts to help you choose.
For more information about allowable deductions, see Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax, and the instructions for Schedule A. Tax forms and publications are available on the IRS website at IRS.gov You may also call 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676) to order them by mail.
After automatically calculating your itemized deductions, TaxACT lets you know whether you benefit more from itemizing or claiming the standard deduction. Start your return now to find out.
Additional IRS Resources:
IRS YouTube Videos:
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