i paid taxes for 2010 in 2012. where do i enter this?

  • Federal taxes or State taxes?
  • i had to pay to both Federal and State.
  • federal
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Federal or State?  You can not deduct past year federal taxes paid.  You can only deduct any state taxes (for any year) or state estimates actually paid in 2012 on your 2012 federal return if you itemize deductions. But just the tax, not interest. You can not deduct any back taxes on a state return.


Enter it under
Federal Taxes (or Personal for H&B version)
Deductions and Credits
Choose Explore on my own (if it comes up)
Then scroll way down to Estimates and Other Taxes Paid
Other Income Taxes - Click the Start or Update button

Next page scroll down to Other Income Taxes Paid in 2012
Click Start or Update by the tax you paid


  • That works for federal returns, but does not cover the additional federal taxes paid in 2012 for 2010 as it applies to the state tax return which allows this as an additional deduction.  There is no question/answer in the state (Iowa) tax to gather this information.  I can enter it on line 13 of the IA 1040, but shouldn't TT have covered this?
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Volvogirl was right about the federal return.  But her comment where she said " You can not deduct any back taxes on a state return" is not exactly accurate.

The bottom line is that you can deduct state taxes paid for a previous year on your federal return (as described above) and you can deduct federal taxes paid for a previous year on your state return - for those state which allow a deduction for federal taxes. 

What you can't do is deduct previous year's federal taxes on a federal return or previous year's state taxes on a state return. 

So far, I have not found any question/answer or worksheet to include federal taxes paid for 2010 on my Iowa return - other then manually entering the amount on the appropriate line of the Iowa 1040 in 'view forms' mode.   TT claims they'll get your maximum deductions, but those who are not (and don't want to be) familiar with all the forms and simply use the question/answer mode would miss out on what could be a fairly good sized state deduction.
  • Where can I deduct the federal back taxes for 2010 on Maryland
  • Read my answer above.
  • Ready my reply to your answer.   So far, any question/answer prompts for state tax deductions of federal taxes paid for a previous year appear to be missing in both the federal tax questions and the state tax questions.  Not exactly compatable with the 'guarantee of maximum deductions" is it?
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This does not answer where on the Maryland foam do I take this deduction
  • I don't have access to a Maryland form, but you can click on View and Forms, select the Maryland 1040 and see if there's a line for additional federal taxes paid.  If TT hasn't filled anthing in there, you can enter it manually.
  • RunAmok......FYI - If the user is using the Online version they don't have access to the forms.  You can only view the forms in the Desktop Software Program.
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