TurboTax FAQ
TurboTax FAQ
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What's my standard deduction for 2016?

The standard deduction is a fixed dollar amount that reduces your taxable federal income. Think of it as tax-free income that you get to keep before taxes are applied to the rest.

To figure your 2016 standard deduction amount, simply select your filing status below. (Don't worry – TurboTax automatically calculates this for you, assuming you're taking the standard deduction.)

Please note that if someone else claims you (or your spouse, if you're filing jointly) as their dependent, your standard deduction may be reduced from the amounts shown below.

Single or Married Filing Separately

Your standard deduction starts at $6,300.

  • Add $1,550 if you were born before January 2, 1952.
  • Add $1,550 if you were blind as of December 31, 2016.

Example: Single filer Joe, who was born in 1972 and has been blind since birth, has a standard deduction of $6,300 + $1,550 = $7,850.

Married Filing Jointly or Qualified Widow(er) with Dependent Child

Your standard deduction starts at $12,600.

  • Add $1,250 if you were born before January 2, 1952.
  • Add $1,250 if your jointly-filing spouse was born before January 2, 1952.
  • Add $1,250 if you were blind as of December 31, 2016.
  • Add $1,250 if your jointly-filing spouse was blind as of December 31, 2016.

Example: Joint filers Pat and Tracy, who were both born in 1941 and are not blind, have a standard deduction of $12,600 + $1,250 + $1,250 = $15,100.

Head of Household

Your standard deduction starts at $9,300.

  • Add $1,550 if you were born before January 2, 1952.
  • Add $1,550 if you were blind as of December 31, 2016.

Example: Head of Household filer Mary, who was born in 1963 and is not blind, has a standard deduction of $9,300.


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