Deducting Sales Tax

If you are closing the business, make sure to file a “Final Tax Return” by checking the box and entering last date of business. For items such as electronics, appliances, and furniture, you may need to pay a professional to assess the value of your donation.

  • State e-file available for $19.95.
  • For 2021, the CARES Act lets people who donated cash to qualifying charitable organizations deduct up to $300 ($600 for married filing jointly taxpayers), even if you take the standard deduction.
  • The rate depends on the purpose.
  • The deduction is available to taxpayers that itemize deductions, not those who take the standard deduction.
  • If state income taxes are deducted on Schedule A, and then a state issues a refund of some or all of those taxes, the refund may have to be reported as income in the following year.

People who live in a state that does not impose income taxes often benefit most from this deduction. However, you might also be better off deducting sales taxes instead of income taxes if you make large purchases during the year and your total sales tax payments exceed those for state income tax.

How to deduct sales tax and property tax

Additionally, you must choose between deducting either state income taxes paid OR state sales taxes paid. You cannot deduct both on your Schedule A. Determine if itemizing your deductions on Schedule A will produce a large deduction than the standard deduction for your filing status.

In most countries, the sales tax is called value-added tax or goods and services tax , which is a different form of consumption tax. In some countries, the listed prices for goods and services are the before-tax value, and a sales tax is only applied during the purchase. In other countries, the listed prices are the final after-tax values, which include the sales tax. Do not file zero returns to claim the deduction. You still have to report your sales for the purpose of local taxes.

Forms & publications

H&R Block does not provide audit, attest or public accounting services and therefore is not registered with the board of accountancy of the State in which the tax professional prepares returns. By authorizing H&R Block to e-file your tax return, or by taking the completed return to file, you are accepting the return and are obligated to pay all fees when due. H&R Block tax software and online prices are ultimately determined at the time of print or e-file. If you’re allowed to deduct certain expenses, you can deduct the full cost of the expense including sales tax.

How do you determine whether you can save more by Deducting Sales Tax on your 2017 return? Compare your potential deduction for state and local income tax to your potential deduction for state and local sales tax.

Which activities give rise to deduct?

You can’t deduct your federal sales tax if you also want to claim your state and local income taxes—it’s one or the other. The IRS only allows you to deduct up to $10,000 total in sales, income and property taxes ($5,000 total if married filing separately).

Only available for returns not prepared by H&R Block. All tax situations are different and not everyone gets a refund. Fees apply if you have us file an amended return. The IRS allows taxpayers to amend returns from the previous three tax years to claim additional refunds to which they are entitled. Applies to individual tax returns only. All tax situations are different. Fees apply if you have us file a corrected or amended return.


(You can’t include taxes on gasoline.) You need to be a fanatical record keeper to go this route. This is an optional tax refund-related loan from MetaBank®, N.A.; it is not your tax refund. Loans are offered in amounts of $250, $500, $750, $1,250 or $3,500. Approval and loan amount based on expected refund amount, eligibility criteria, and underwriting.

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