**Please Note: The information below has not been verified for the 2016 tax year as the latest version of the IRS Form 1040 instructions has not yet been released by the IRS.**
If a taxpayer or taxpayer's spouse is claimed as a dependent on someone else's return, the standard deduction on the taxpayer's return is generally reduced and calculated according to the worksheet on page 39 of the instructions for IRS Form 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.
The standard deduction for an individual for whom an exemption can be claimed on another person's tax return is generally limited to the greater of:
However, if the individual is 65 or older or blind, the standard deduction may be higher.
Earned income is salaries, wages, tips, professional fees, and other compensation received for personal services you performed. For purposes of the standard deduction, earned income also includes any amounts received as a scholarship that you must include in your gross income.
TaxAct® will calculate the standard deduction for you. To indicate that you can be claimed as a dependent on another return: