You can either claim the standard deduction or the itemized deduction, but there’s no way you can do both. Itemized deductions are deductions that taxpayers can calculate on their own using the various deductions the IRS offers whereas the standard deduction is a set number the IRS publishes every year. When you compare the two methods, it’ll make it easier for you to understand and choose which option provides you with the greatest tax benefit.

Is Standard Deduction For Me?

The standard deduction refers to the amount that’s been determined by the IRS that you’re allowed to deduct from your AGI. It lowers your tax liability by lowering your taxable income. It can be a quick and straightforward alternative to an itemized deduction because it doesn’t involve extra paperwork.

The standard deduction amount you’re entitled to really depends on your filing status as well. People older than 65 and those who are blind are entitled to an additional deduction of $1,700 on top of the standard deduction.

Here are certain factors that prohibit taxpayers from getting the standard deduction:

  • A married individual filing as married filing separately whose spouse itemizes deductions.

  • An individual who files a tax return for a period of fewer than 12 months because of a change in his or her annual accounting period.

  • An individual who was a nonresident alien or a dual-status alien during the year. (However, nonresident aliens who are married to a U.S. citizen or resident alien at the end of the year and who choose to be treated as U.S. residents for tax purposes can take the standard deduction.)

  • An estate or trust, common trust fund, or partnership

Here are the standard deduction amounts for 2022.

  • $12,950 for single taxpayers or married couples filing separate tax returns

  • $19,400 for people filing as head of household

  • $25,100 for married couples filing jointly

Should I Choose Itemized Deduction?

To itemize, it’s a good habit to keep track of what you spend on deductible costs like out-of-pocket medical expenses and charitable donations throughout the year. Receipts, bank statements, medical bills, acknowledgment letters from charitable organizations, tax records detailing the mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and state income taxes you paid during the year must all be kept on file.

Then you must determine whether your itemized deductions exceed the standard deduction of your filing status. It may sound like a lot of work but at the end of the day if your itemized deduction is greater than the standard deduction, then that’s your best shot at lowering your taxable income.

Brief Overview Of Standard Deduction vs. Itemized Deduction

The standard deduction is the flat amount you can deduct from your taxable income and also based on your filing statuses, dependents, and the year. The standard deduction is overall very easy to calculate because of the fixed amount depending on the year, but also a downfall because you may be missing out on savings.

With the itemized deductions, there’s a more specific amount that you can deduct from your taxable income and also based more on your own circumstances, expenses, and tax situations. Even if it may be a little more difficult and extensive, the itemized deduction may save you money.

Resolve Your Tax Bills

If you’ve found yourself in a nasty mess with the IRS, take a deep breath. For taxpayers who may have difficulty paying off an excessive amount of tax debt, there’s a new and improved relief program that consolidates many major relief programs into a one-size-fits-all assistance program. Any issues regarding back taxes, unfiled years, or any other tax-related problems may be solved through one program; the IRS Fresh Start Program!

How Simple Is Qualifying?

Considering that the Fresh Start Program is a federal program, you would think meeting the qualifications may be very difficult, but really, it’s a lot simpler and quicker than you think. Take the following steps in order to find out if you are eligible in as little as 3 minutes.

  1. Fill out some basic information about yourself and your back taxes here.
  2. Have a representative reach out to you to discuss your eligibility.
  3. Go through the enrollment process and finally reduce or eliminate your tax liabilities.