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How do I claim my standard deduction

.Can you change my return using my standard deduction?
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How do I claim my standard deduction

The program will automatically calculate which would be best for you: itemizing or taking the standard deduction. To check which is currently in effect:

  1. Click the Federal Taxes tab 
    Personal if in Home & Business version
  2. Then, Deductions & Credits
    Desktop users may need to click I'll choose what I work on
  3. Scroll all the way to the bottom, and click Wrap up tax breaks
    Desktop users may see Done with Deductions
  4. Continue through the interview screens
  5. The last screen will give TurboTax's suggestion for a deduction titled "We've chosen [standard or itemized] for you"
    If you disagree:
  6. You should see a check-box to Change my deduction
  7. That will expand a menu to choose to itemize or take the standard deduction
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How do I claim my standard deduction

This does not resolve the software error for defaulting to a standard deduction of $12,200 in ERROR for a person who is claimed as a dependent on another person's return.  This Error needs to be fixed in the software before you can call the case resolved.  What was provided was a work around if you knew the tax law and figured out that the turbo tax program was incorrectly calculating the standard deduction in the case above.

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How do I claim my standard deduction

Plus your work around does not resolve the error after the review at the end, so you do not have a clean filing. 

Employee Tax Expert

How do I claim my standard deduction



It would help if you could start a new thread and describe your situation.


You are correct that the Standard Deduction for a dependent is less than that for a Single filer. 


Since we in the Community cannot see your tax return nor the screen you are on, it would help us understand your situation.

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