Tax Law (Questions About Taxes)/Tax Itemized.


Hi there,

I started working when I was 25 and didn't make much money which I got a refund. Now I started my new job a year ago and filed my taxes. First I owed money but if it wasn't for my student loan interests I got a little refund. I just learned about tax itemized meaning you can keep your receipts and calculate the tax which you would give it to the person who would file your taxes. Can I do this?
I am learning as I go along.
Thank You.

Dear Alison,

Itemized deductions can produce better results than standard deductions only if you exceed the level of standard deductions ($6,200 for a single person) by adding up deductions separately.

Unless you have mortgage interest and pay high state taxes ($6K or more), itemized deductions will not make sense to you.

See for details on what is allowed as itemized deductions.

Hope this helps

I.J.Zemelman, EA

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