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Online tax software If they do not itemize deductions, they use Table 20-2. Online tax software Their standard deduction is $14,600. Online tax software Standard Deduction for Dependents The standard deduction for an individual who can be claimed as a dependent on another person's tax return is generally limited to the greater of: $1,000, or The individual's earned income for the year plus $350 (but not more than the regular standard deduction amount, generally $6,100). Online tax software However, if the individual is 65 or older or blind, the standard deduction may be higher. Online tax software If you (or your spouse, if filing jointly) can be claimed as a dependent on someone else's return, use Table 20-3 to determine your standard deduction. Online tax software Earned income defined. Online tax software   Earned income is salaries, wages, tips, professional fees, and other amounts received as pay for work you actually perform. 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Online tax software   You may benefit from itemizing your deductions on Schedule A (Form 1040) if you: Do not qualify for the standard deduction, or the amount you can claim is limited, Had large uninsured medical and dental expenses during the year, Paid interest and taxes on your home, Had large unreimbursed employee business expenses or other miscellaneous deductions, Had large uninsured casualty or theft losses, Made large contributions to qualified charities, or Have total itemized deductions that are more than the standard deduction to which you otherwise are entitled. Online tax software These deductions are explained in chapters 21–28. Online tax software    If you decide to itemize your deductions, complete Schedule A and attach it to your Form 1040. Online tax software Enter the amount from Schedule A, line 29, on Form 1040, line 40. Online tax software Electing to itemize for state tax or other purposes. 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Online tax software Married persons who filed separate returns. Online tax software   You can change methods of taking deductions only if you and your spouse both make the same changes. Online tax software Both of you must file a consent to assessment for any additional tax either one may owe as a result of the change. Online tax software    You and your spouse can use the method that gives you the lower total tax, even though one of you may pay more tax than you would have paid by using the other method. Online tax software You both must use the same method of claiming deductions. Online tax software If one itemizes deductions, the other should itemize because he or she will not qualify for the standard deduction. Online tax software See Persons not eligible for the standard deduction , earlier. Online tax software 2013 Standard Deduction Tables If you are married filing a separate return and your spouse itemizes deductions, or if you are a dual-status alien, you cannot take the standard deduction even if you were born before January 2, 1949, or are blind. Online tax software Table 20-1. Online tax software Standard Deduction Chart for Most People* If your filing status is. Online tax software . Online tax software . Online tax software Your standard deduction is: Single or Married filing separately $6,100 Married filing jointly or Qualifying widow(er) with dependent child 12,200 Head of household 8,950 *Do not use this chart if you were born before January 2, 1949, are blind, or if someone else can claim you (or your spouse if filing jointly) as a dependent. Online tax software Use Table 20-2 or 20-3 instead. Online tax software Table 20-2. Online tax software Standard Deduction Chart for People Born Before January 2, 1949, or Who are Blind Check the correct number of boxes below. Online tax software Then go to the chart. Online tax software You: Born before January 2, 1949 □ Blind □ Your spouse, if claiming spouse's exemption: Born before January 2, 1949 □ Blind □ Total number of boxes checked   IF  your filing status is. Online tax software . Online tax software . Online tax software AND the number in the box above is. Online tax software . Online tax software . Online tax software THEN your standard deduction is. Online tax software . Online tax software . Online tax software Single 1 $7,600   2 9,100 Married filing jointly 1 $13,400 or Qualifying 2 14,600 widow(er) with 3 15,800 dependent child 4 17,000 Married filing 1 $7,300 separately 2 8,500   3 9,700   4 10,900 Head of household 1 $10,450   2 11,950 *If someone else can claim you (or your spouse if filing jointly) as a dependent, use Table 20-3 instead. 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