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If you import your previous year's tax data into the current year return, any itemized deduction amounts will also transfer for comparison to the current year's amounts. This will occur even if you used the standard deduction in the prior year. These amounts are not totaled together to calculate the amount for the Standard or itemized deductions line in the report. They are included for informational purposes only.

Categories that transfer include the following:

  • medical and dental expenses
  • taxes
  • interest
  • contributions
  • casualty and theft losses
  • other deductions

In the same manner, if you entered information in the current year for any of these itemized deductions, the amounts will also appear on the Prior Year Comparison report (in the current year's column) even if the standard deduction is used on Form 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.

To view the prior year comparison:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop), click Review down the left, then click Reports. On smaller devices, click in the upper left-hand corner, click Review, then click Reports.
  2. Continue with the interview process to enter all of the appropriate information.
  3. On the screen titled Would you like to compare this year's return to last year's?, click Yes, let's run the comparison.
  4. Click Print in the upper left corner to print off a paper copy or a PDF.

Note that any link in the information above is updated each year automatically and will take you to the most recent version of the document at the time it is accessed.


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