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Tax Tips for Individuals

Deduction of State and Local Taxes

Date: 10/2/2013

If you itemize your deductions, you may choose to deduct state and local sales taxes instead of state and local income taxes.

The Optional State Sales Tax Tables, published in the Schedule A instructions, will help you determine your sales tax deduction amount in lieu of saving receipts throughout the year. Use your income level and number of exemptions to find the sales tax amount for your state. The table instructions explain how to add an amount for local sales taxes if appropriate.

You may also add to the table amount any sales taxes paid on:

A motor vehicle, but only up to the amount of tax paid at the general sales tax rate.

An aircraft, boat, home (including mobile or prefabricated), or home building materials, if the tax rate is the same as the general sales tax rate.

For example, the State of Washington has a motor vehicle sales tax of 0.3 percent in addition to the state and local sales tax. A Washingtonian who purchased a new car could add the tax paid at the general sales tax rate to the table amount, but not the 0.3 percent motor vehicle sales tax paid.  This is simply an example, contact us to see if this is applicable to you!