TurboTax FAQ
TurboTax FAQ
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What is Schedule A?

The IRS lets you take either the standard deduction or the itemized deduction. If you itemize (about 1/3 of all taxpayers do), we'll automatically fill out Schedule A, Itemized Deductions and switch you over to the 1040 long form.

Schedule A lets you report certain deductible expenses like:

  • Medical and dental costs above and beyond 7.5% of your AGI
  • State, local, real estate, and personal property taxes
  • Home mortgage interest
  • Charitable donations and gifts
  • Damaged or stolen property (due to disasters, theft, and other causes)
  • Unreimbursed employee expenses above and beyond 2% of your AGI

After you finish going through the Deductions & Credits section, we'll recommend whichever deduction – standard or itemized – gives you the biggest tax break. But you can always override our recommendation if you wish.

Schedule A is supported in the TurboTax CD/Download software (Basic through Home & Business) and in the Deluxe, Premier, Self-Employed and TurboTax Live versions of TurboTax Online and the mobile app.