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Deducting Local and/or State Sales Taxes on Your Return

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If you itemize deductions on Schedule A and file a Form 1040, you have the option of claiming either state and local income taxes or state and local sales taxes. (You can NOT claim both.) If you did save your receipts throughout the year, you can add them up to claim the total amount of sales taxes you actually paid on your return.

If you did not save all your receipts, you can still choose to claim state and local sales taxes. Simply fill out the worksheet and use the optional general sales tax tables in the Instructions for Schedule A (Form 1040). Or take the easy route and use the IRS Sales Tax Deduction Calculator.


Using the Sales Tax Deduction Calculator

To calculate the amount of optional general sales tax you are eligible to claim, just answer a few online questions and the sales tax deduction calculator will do the rest.

  • First select the tax year for which you are preparing a return.

  • Then, using your ZIP Code and just a few entries from your draft Form 1040, the Sales Tax Deduction Calculator will automatically figure the amount of state and local sales tax you can claim.

  • You will see the results from your entries immediately on your computer screen. Even if your state and local sales tax rates changed during the year

  • Regardless of whether the rates changed or if you moved your personal residence, the Sales Tax Deduction Calculator can calculate the proper result.

Online Tax FilingNo personal identity information required; your entries are anonymous and the information is collected only to allow you to determine your total allowable deduction. All entries are erased when you exit or start over.

Ready to start? Continue to the IRS Sales Tax Deduction Calculator.





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