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tomj1945
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If you know you will take standard deductions do you even need to go through deductions?

 
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If you know you will take standard deductions do you even need to go through deductions?

 

If you want to skip entering your itemized deductions you can do that.  Many people will not have enough itemized deductions this year to itemize, and will just be getting their new higher standard deduction.  The thing is, though, that some of those deductions could make a difference on a state return even if they do not affect your federal return.  Information flows from your federal return to your state return, so it might not be a bad idea to go ahead and enter them anyhow.  It cannot hurt you.

 

The following states allow you to itemize deductions on just the state return: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, and Wisconsin, 

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KathrynG3
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If you know you will take standard deductions do you even need to go through deductions?

No, you do not have to complete the itemized deductions to choose the standard deduction.

 

The only time when you may want to fill in these details anyway, would be if there was something allowed on the state return. Sometimes, state returns allow itemized deductions, even though the federal return used the standard deduction. 

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