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Standard Deduction at a Glance

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The standard deduction is a dollar amount that reduces the amount of income on which you are taxed and varies according to your filing status; there is also an additional standard deduction for individuals who are blind or age 65 or over.

You CANNOT take the standard deduction if you itemize deductions. In addition, certain individuals cannot take a standard deduction or can take only a reduced standard deduction.

More Information

Tax Topic 551 - Standard Deduction


Related Forms

Form 1040, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return (PDF)

Form 1040A, U.S. Individual Income Tax Return (PDF)


Related Publications

Publication 17, Your Federal Income Tax - Chapter 20, Standard Deduction - Essential guidance

Publication 501, Exemptions, Standard Deduction, and Filing Information - See Standard Deduction for detailed guidance


Tools

How Much is My Standard Deduction?

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 25-Jan-2016