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Itemized Deductions/Standard Deductions - Other Deduction Questions

  1. My spouse and I are filing separate returns. How can we split our itemized deductions?
  2. I am in a disaster area and heard the IRS could help me. What can the IRS do?

Rev. date: 1/26/2010

My spouse and I are filing separate returns. How can we split our itemized deductions?

If you and your spouse file separate returns and one of you itemizes deductions, the other spouse will have a standard deduction of zero. In this situation, the other spouse should also itemize their deductions.

Rev. date: 1/1/2011

I am in a disaster area and heard the IRS could help me. What can the IRS do?

If you have been affected by a federally declared disaster, the IRS may help you by: