TurboTax FAQ
TurboTax FAQ
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Which deduction should I choose: sales tax or income tax?

For most people who itemize, the income tax deduction offers the bigger tax break.

But, the sales tax deduction will probably benefit you more if you:

  • Don’t pay income tax in your state (Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, or Wyoming)
  • Made a major purchase and paid a lot of sales tax 
  • Paid more in sales tax than income tax 
  • Lived in a state with high state and local tax rates

If we’re helping you with your taxes this year, we’ll figure this out for you in Deductions & Credits. You’ll see which deduction saves you the most money based on your situation.