why would adding my mortgage interest and property taxes not increase my refund

    Sounds like adding mortgage interest and property taxes to your Sch A still did not make to total itemized deductions on Sch A exceed your standard deduction.
    • so does that mean I am getting nothing for that or what?
    TurboTax starts off using the Standard deduction, so until your Itemized Deductions are higher than the Standard deduction your refund would not change.  Or it will just change a little at a time as you increase your deductions over the standard amount.

    Also by increasing your deductions it will decease your income and you may not be getting as many credits as before like the EIC credit. You can't go by the refund monitor until you have entered everything in.   Also after you reduce your income to zero there is no more refund to get back.

    And if you are able to itemize you just get a percentage of your deductions back. Like if you are in the 25% tax bracket for a $100 deduction you will get $25. It isn't added on to your refund. Deductions reduce your income so you get taxed on a lower amount.

    For 2011 the standard deduction amounts are:
    Single 5,800 + 1,450 for over 65
    HOH 8,500 + 1,450 for over 65
    Joint 11,600 + 1,150 for each over 65
    Married filing Separate 5,800 + 1,150 for over 65

    Owning a home and having a mortgage is not necessarily a good thing.  Any deduction benefit you get from the interest is still a lot less than all the interest you paid.  Don't buy a house just for the tax deduction.
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