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For you and your family
Standard mileage and other information

Forms and Instructions

Individual Tax Return
Instructions for Form 1040
Request for Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) and Certification
Request for Transcript of Tax Return


Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate
Employer's Quarterly Federal Tax Return
Employers engaged in a trade or business who pay compensation
Installment Agreement Request

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Standard Deduction at a Glance

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


How Much is My Standard Deduction?