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Level 2

Sales tax for Major Purchases??

I'm in Washington state and generally us the EasyGuide for the Sales Tax Deduction. There used to be a question about adding major purchases once the initial calculation was completed, but I no longer see it. Is it missing, or am I missing something else?

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Level 15

Sales tax for Major Purchases??


You can enter the sales tax you paid for major purchases in 2020 by going to Federal>Deductions and Credits>Estimates and Other Taxes Paid> Sales Tax.  You will be asked if you paid sales tax on a major purchase, and you will be able to enter the sales tax you paid for your purchase.

Sales tax is an itemized deduction.  If your state has a state income tax, you have to choose between using the deduction for your state tax paid OR the sales tax deduction, whichever is higher.  The TT process will suggest one or the other as you prepare your return.

“Major purchases” that you can enter for the sales tax deduction include:

Motor Vehicles (cars, trucks, motor homes, RV’s, sport utility vehicles and off-road vehicles

Aircraft or boats

Mobile homes

Manufactured housing

Building materials for major home improvements

You cannot deduct: furniture, jewelry, home electronics such as TV’s or computers



**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
Level 2

Sales tax for Major Purchases??

Thanks for the response. This was the workflow I expected, but that major purchase question had not appeared, despite me being well into the itemized deductions.

Level 2

Sales tax for Major Purchases??

Solved! To get back into it I had to run through the EasyGuide again, reconfirm the state sales tax rate, and then it triggered the major purchase question again. 

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