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1040z Part Five -   Standard Deduction and Itemized Deductions After you have figured your adjusted gross income, you are ready to subtract the deductions used to figure taxable income. 1040z You can subtract either the standard deduction or itemized deductions. 1040z Itemized deductions are deductions for certain expenses that are listed on Schedule A (Form 1040). 1040z The ten chapters in this part discuss the standard deduction, each itemized deduction, and a limit on some of your itemized deductions if your adjusted gross income is more than certain amounts. 1040z See chapter 20 for the factors to consider when deciding whether to subtract the standard deduction or itemized deductions. 1040z Table of Contents 20. 1040z   Standard DeductionWhat's New Introduction Standard Deduction Amount Standard Deduction for Dependents Who Should ItemizeWhen to itemize. 1040z Married persons who filed separate returns. 1040z 21. 1040z   Medical and Dental ExpensesWhat's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: What Are Medical Expenses? What Expenses Can You Include This Year?Community property states. 1040z How Much of the Expenses Can You Deduct? Whose Medical Expenses Can You Include?Yourself Spouse Dependent Decedent What Medical Expenses Are Includible?Insurance Premiums Meals and Lodging Transportation Disabled Dependent Care Expenses How Do You Treat Reimbursements?Insurance Reimbursement Damages for Personal Injuries How Do You Figure and Report the Deduction on Your Tax Return?What Tax Form Do You Use? Impairment-Related Work Expenses Health Insurance Costs for Self-Employed Persons 22. 1040z   TaxesIntroductionIndian tribal government. 1040z Useful Items - You may want to see: Tests To Deduct Any Tax Income TaxesState and Local Income Taxes Foreign Income Taxes General Sales TaxesMotor vehicles. 1040z Real Estate TaxesReal estate taxes for prior years. 1040z Examples. 1040z Form 1099-S. 1040z Real Estate-Related Items You Cannot Deduct Personal Property Taxes Taxes and Fees You Cannot Deduct Where To Deduct 23. 1040z   Interest ExpenseIntroduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Home Mortgage InterestAmount Deductible Points Mortgage Insurance Premiums Form 1098, Mortgage Interest Statement Investment InterestInvestment Property Allocation of Interest Expense Limit on Deduction Items You Cannot DeductPersonal Interest Allocation of Interest How To ReportMore than one borrower. 1040z Mortgage proceeds used for business or investment. 1040z 24. 1040z   ContributionsIntroduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible ContributionsTypes of Qualified Organizations Contributions You Can DeductContributions From Which You Benefit Expenses Paid for Student Living With You Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services Contributions You Cannot DeductContributions to Individuals Contributions to Nonqualified Organizations Contributions From Which You Benefit Value of Time or Services Personal Expenses Appraisal Fees Contributions of PropertyException. 1040z Household items. 1040z Deduction more than $500. 1040z Form 1098-C. 1040z Filing deadline approaching and still no Form 1098-C. 1040z Exception 1—vehicle used or improved by organization. 1040z Exception 2—vehicle given or sold to needy individual. 1040z Deduction $500 or less. 1040z Right to use property. 1040z Tangible personal property. 1040z Future interest. 1040z Determining Fair Market Value Giving Property That Has Decreased in Value Giving Property That Has Increased in Value When To DeductChecks. 1040z Text message. 1040z Credit card. 1040z Pay-by-phone account. 1040z Stock certificate. 1040z Promissory note. 1040z Option. 1040z Borrowed funds. 1040z Limits on DeductionsCarryovers Records To KeepCash Contributions Noncash Contributions Out-of-Pocket Expenses How To Report 25. 1040z   Nonbusiness Casualty and Theft LossesWhat's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: CasualtyFamily pet. 1040z Progressive deterioration. 1040z Damage from corrosive drywall. 1040z Theft Loss on Deposits Proof of Loss Figuring a LossDecrease in Fair Market Value Adjusted Basis Insurance and Other Reimbursements Single Casualty on Multiple Properties Deduction Limits$100 Rule 10% Rule When To Report Gains and LossesDisaster Area Loss How To Report Gains and Losses 26. 1040z   Car Expenses and Other Employee Business ExpensesWhat's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Travel ExpensesTraveling Away From Home Tax Home Temporary Assignment or Job What Travel Expenses Are Deductible? 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1040z There are three ways you can request an automatic extension of time to file a U.S. individual income tax return: (1) you can electronically file Form 4868 (PDF), Application For Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Tax Return; (2) you can pay all or part of your estimated income tax due using a credit or debit card or by using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS); or (3) you can file a paper Form 4868 by mail. 1040z 1040z If you file your Form 4868 electronically you will receive an acknowledgement or confirmation number for your records and you do not need to mail in Form 4868. If you need to pay additional taxes when filing Form 4868 electronically, you may do so through the outside service provider or through e-file. You can refer to your tax software or tax professional for ways to file electronically using e-file services. Several companies offer free filing of Form 4868 through the Free File program that you can access on the website. If you wish to file electronically, be sure to have a copy of last year's tax return. You will be asked to provide the adjusted gross income (AGI) from the return for taxpayer verification. 1040z 1040z A second way of requesting an automatic extension of time to file your individual income tax return is to pay part or your entire estimated income tax due by credit card or debit card or by using EFTPS. You may pay by phone or Internet through one of the service providers listed on Form 4868. Each service provider will charge a convenience fee based on the amount of the tax payment. At the completion of the transaction, you will receive a confirmation number for your records. 1040z 1040z Finally, you can request an automatic extension of time to file your individual income tax return by completing paper Form 4868 and mailing it to the appropriate address provided on the form. 1040z 1040z Please be aware that an extension of time to file is NOT an extension of time to pay.