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State and Local Taxes

You can deduct state and local income taxes you paid. However, you must claim the deduction in the year you paid the taxes.  

You'll increase your deduction for the current year if both of these are true:

  • You make estimated state tax payments.
  • You make the last payment in December instead of January.

If you didn't do this last year, deduct it in the current year -- the year you paid it. If you owed money to a state or locality last year, you probably paid the bill in the current year. If you did, include the amount in this year's deduction.  

Your state and local sales taxes 

Unfortunately, you can no longer deduct your state and local sales taxes. This deduction expired on Dec. 31, 2013. 

 

 

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