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Standard vs itemized deduction confusion due to charitable contributions due to COVID-19

SOLVEDby TurboTax47Updated May 13, 2021

Some customers are reporting confusion over the calculations of standard deduction versus itemized deduction in TurboTax Online and TurboTax CD/Download. Customers whose deductions are very close in difference aren’t understanding or seeing that the Charitable Donations credit (with a maximum of $300) is being applied to their standard deduction, leading them to believe that itemized should be chosen to maximize.

However, if they select itemized and continue (believing it to be higher), they think the standard deduction is being "forced." They’re not able to see that with the $300 credit, the standard deduction is actually more beneficial than the itemized deduction.

This issue won't prevent you from filing your tax return.

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