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File your taxes online Publication 600 - Main Contents Table of Contents Actual Expenses Optional Sales Tax Tables Instructions for the State and Local General Sales Tax Deduction WorksheetWhat if you lived in more than one state? What if you lived in more than one locality? What if your local general sales tax rate changed during 2006? What if you lived in more than one locality in the same state during 2006? Actual Expenses Generally, you can deduct the actual state and local general sales taxes (including compensating use taxes) you paid in 2006 if the tax rate was the same as the general sales tax rate. File your taxes online However, sales taxes on food, clothing, medical supplies, and motor vehicles are deductible as a general sales tax even if the tax rate was less than the general sales tax rate. File your taxes online If you paid sales tax on a motor vehicle at a rate higher than the general sales tax rate, you can deduct only the amount of tax that you would have paid at the general sales tax rate on that vehicle. File your taxes online Motor vehicles include cars, motorcycles, motor homes, recreational vehicles, sport utility vehicles, trucks, vans, and off-road vehicles. File your taxes online Also include any state and local general sales taxes paid for a leased motor vehicle. File your taxes online Do not include sales taxes paid on items used in your trade or business. File your taxes online To deduct your actual expenses, enter the amount on Schedule A, line 5, and enter “ST” on the dotted line to the left of the line 5 entry space. File your taxes online You must keep your actual receipts showing general sales taxes paid to use this method. File your taxes online Refund of general sales taxes. File your taxes online   If you received a refund of state or local general sales taxes in 2006 for amounts paid in 2006, reduce your actual 2006 state and local general sales taxes by this amount. File your taxes online If you received a refund of state or local general sales taxes in 2006 for prior year purchases, do not reduce your 2006 state and local general sales taxes by this amount. File your taxes online But if you deducted your actual state and local general sales taxes in the earlier year and the deduction reduced your tax, you may have to include the refund in income on Form 1040, line 21. File your taxes online See Recoveries in Pub. File your taxes online 525 for details. File your taxes online Optional Sales Tax Tables Instead of using your actual expenses, you can use the tables on pages 5 through 7 to figure your state and local general sales tax deduction. File your taxes online You may also be able to add the state and local general sales taxes paid on certain specified items. File your taxes online To figure your state and local general sales tax deduction using the tables, complete the worksheet below. File your taxes online If your filing status is married filing separately, both you and your spouse elect to deduct sales taxes, and your spouse elects to use the optional sales tax tables, you also must use the tables to figure your state and local general sales tax deduction. File your taxes online State and Local General Sales Tax Deduction Worksheet (See the instructions that begin on page 3. File your taxes online ) Before you begin: See the instructions for line 1 on page 3 if: You lived in more than one state during 2006, or You had any nontaxable income in 2006. File your taxes online   1. File your taxes online Enter your state general sales taxes from the applicable table on page 5 or 6 (see page 3 of the instructions) 1. File your taxes online $     Next. File your taxes online If, for all of 2006, you lived only in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Virginia, or West Virginia, skip lines 2 through 5, enter -0- on line 6, and go to line 7. File your taxes online Otherwise, go to line 2       2. File your taxes online Did you live in Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas (Texarkana only), California (Los Angeles County only), Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, New York State, or North Carolina in 2006?         No. File your taxes online Enter -0-                   Yes. File your taxes online Enter your local general sales taxes from the applicable table on page 7 (see page 3 of the instructions)     2. File your taxes online $       3. File your taxes online Did your locality impose a local general sales tax in 2006? Residents of California, Nevada, and Texarkana, Arkansas, see page 3 of the instructions             No. File your taxes online Skip lines 3 through 5, enter -0- on line 6, and go to line 7             Yes. File your taxes online Enter your local general sales tax rate, but omit the percentage sign. File your taxes online For example, if your local general sales tax rate was 2. File your taxes online 5%, enter 2. File your taxes online 5. File your taxes online If your local general sales tax rate changed or you lived in more than one locality in the same state during 2006, see page 3 of the instructions. File your taxes online (If you do not know your local general sales tax rate, contact your local government. File your taxes online ) 3. File your taxes online . File your taxes online       4. File your taxes online Did you enter -0- on line 2 above?             No. File your taxes online Skip lines 4 and 5 and go to line 6             Yes. File your taxes online Enter your state general sales tax rate (shown in the table heading for your state), but omit the percentage sign. File your taxes online For example, if your state general sales tax rate is 6%, enter 6. File your taxes online 0 4. File your taxes online . File your taxes online       5. File your taxes online Divide line 3 by line 4. File your taxes online Enter the result as a decimal (rounded to at least three places) 5. File your taxes online . File your taxes online       6. File your taxes online Did you enter -0- on line 2 above?             No. File your taxes online Multiply line 2 by line 3   6. File your taxes online $     Yes. File your taxes online Multiply line 1 by line 5. File your taxes online If you lived in more than one locality in the same state during 2006, see page 4 of the instructions           7. File your taxes online Enter your state and local general sales taxes paid on specified items, if any (see page 4 of the instructions) 7. File your taxes online $   8. File your taxes online Deduction for general sales taxes. File your taxes online Add lines 1, 6, and 7. File your taxes online Enter the result here and the total from all your state and local general sales tax deduction worksheets, if you completed more than one, on Schedule A, line 5. File your taxes online Be sure to enter “ST” on the dotted line to the left of the entry space 8. File your taxes online $     Instructions for the State and Local General Sales Tax Deduction Worksheet Line 1. File your taxes online    If you lived in the same state for all of 2006, enter the applicable amount, based on your 2006 income and exemptions, from the optional state sales tax table for your state on page 5 or 6. File your taxes online Read down the “At least-But less than” columns for your state and find the line that includes your 2006 income. File your taxes online If married filing separately, do not include your spouse's income. 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File your taxes online You lived in State A from January 1 through August 31, 2006 (243 days), and in State B from September 1 through December 31, 2006 (122 days). File your taxes online The table amount for State A is $500. File your taxes online The table amount for State B is $400. File your taxes online You would figure your state general sales tax as follows. File your taxes online State A: $500 x 243/365 = $333   State B: $400 x 122/365 = 134   Total = $467   If none of the localities in which you lived during 2006 imposed a local general sales tax, enter $467 on line 1 of your worksheet. File your taxes online Otherwise, complete a separate worksheet for State A and State B. File your taxes online Enter $333 on line 1 of the State A worksheet and $134 on line 1 of the State B worksheet. File your taxes online Line 2. File your taxes online   If you checked the “No” box, enter -0- on line 2, and go to line 3. File your taxes online If you checked the “Yes” box and lived in the same locality for all of 2006, enter the applicable amount, based on your 2006 income and exemptions, from the optional local sales tax table for your locality on page 7. File your taxes online Read down the “At least-But less than” columns for your locality and find the line that includes your 2006 income. File your taxes online See the line 1 instructions on this page to figure your 2006 income. File your taxes online The exemptions column refers to the number of exemptions claimed on Form 1040, line 6d. File your taxes online Do not include any additional exemptions you listed on Form 8914 for individuals displaced by Hurricane Katrina. File your taxes online What if you lived in more than one locality?   If you lived in more than one locality during 2006, look up the table amount for each locality using the above rules. File your taxes online If there is no table for your locality, the table amount is considered to be zero. File your taxes online Multiply the table amount for each locality you lived in by a fraction. File your taxes online The numerator of the fraction is the number of days you lived in the locality during 2006 and the denominator is the total number of days in the year (365). File your taxes online If you lived in more than one locality in the same state and the local general sales tax rate was the same for each locality, enter the total of the prorated table amounts for each locality in that state on line 2. File your taxes online Otherwise, complete a separate worksheet for lines 2 through 6 for each locality and enter each prorated table amount on line 2 of the applicable worksheet. File your taxes online Example. File your taxes online You lived in Locality 1 from January 1 through August 31, 2006 (243 days), and in Locality 2 from September 1 through December 31, 2006 (122 days). File your taxes online The table amount for Locality 1 is $100. File your taxes online The table amount for Locality 2 is $150. File your taxes online You would figure the amount to enter on line 2 as follows. File your taxes online Note that this amount may not equal your local sales tax deduction, which is figured on line 6 of the worksheet. File your taxes online Locality 1: $100 x 243/365 = $67   Locality 2: $150 x 122/365 = 50   Total = $117   Line 3. File your taxes online   If you lived in California, check the “No” box if your combined state and local general sales tax rate is 7. File your taxes online 25%. File your taxes online Otherwise, check the “Yes” box and include on line 3 only the part of the combined rate that is more than 7. File your taxes online 25%. File your taxes online   If you lived in Nevada, check the “No” box if your combined state and local general sales tax rate is 6. File your taxes online 5%. File your taxes online Otherwise, check the “Yes” box and include on line 3 only the part of the combined rate that is more than 6. File your taxes online 5%. File your taxes online   If you lived in Texarkana, Arkansas, check the “Yes” box and enter “4. File your taxes online 0” on line 3. File your taxes online Your local general sales tax rate of 4. File your taxes online 0% includes the additional 1. File your taxes online 0% Arkansas state sales tax rate for Texarkana and the 1. File your taxes online 5% sales tax rate for Miller County. File your taxes online What if your local general sales tax rate changed during 2006?    If you checked the “Yes” box and your local general sales tax rate changed during 2006, figure the rate to enter on line 3 as follows. File your taxes online Multiply each tax rate for the period it was in effect by a fraction. File your taxes online The numerator of the fraction is the number of days the rate was in effect during 2006 and the denominator is the total number of days in the year (365). File your taxes online Enter the total of the prorated tax rates on line 3. File your taxes online Example. File your taxes online Locality 1 imposed a 1% local general sales tax from January 1 through September 30, 2006 (273 days). File your taxes online The rate increased to 1. File your taxes online 75% for the period from October 1 through December 31, 2006 (92 days). File your taxes online You would enter “1. File your taxes online 189” on line 3, figured as follows. File your taxes online January 1 - September 30: 1. File your taxes online 00 x 273/365 = 0. File your taxes online 748   October 1 - December 31: 1. File your taxes online 75 x 92/365 = 0. File your taxes online 441   Total = 1. File your taxes online 189   What if you lived in more than one locality in the same state during 2006?    Complete a separate worksheet for lines 2 through 6 for each locality in your state if you lived in more than one locality in the same state during 2006 and either of the following applies. File your taxes online Each locality did not have the same local general sales tax rate. File your taxes online You lived in Texarkana, AR, or Los Angeles County, CA. File your taxes online   To figure the amount to enter on line 3 of the worksheet for each locality in which you lived (except a locality for which you used the table on page 7 to figure your local general sales tax deduction), multiply the local general sales tax rate by a fraction. File your taxes online The numerator of the fraction is the number of days you lived in the locality during 2006 and the denominator is the total number of days in the year (365). File your taxes online Example. File your taxes online You lived in Locality 1 from January 1 through August 31, 2006 (243 days), and in Locality 2 from September 1 through December 31, 2006 (122 days). File your taxes online The local general sales tax rate for Locality 1 is 1%. File your taxes online The rate for Locality 2 is 1. File your taxes online 75%. File your taxes online You would enter “0. File your taxes online 666” on line 3 for the Locality 1 worksheet and “0. File your taxes online 585” for the Locality 2 worksheet, figured as follows. File your taxes online Locality 1: 1. File your taxes online 00 x 243/365 = 0. File your taxes online 666   Locality 2: 1. File your taxes online 75 x 122/365 = 0. File your taxes online 585   Line 6. File your taxes online   If you lived in more than one locality in the same state during 2006, you should have completed line 1 only on the first worksheet for that state and separate worksheets for lines 2 through 6 for any other locality within that state in which you lived during 2006. File your taxes online If you checked the “Yes” box on line 6 of any of those worksheets, multiply line 5 of that worksheet by the amount that you entered on line 1 for that state on the first worksheet. File your taxes online Line 7. File your taxes online    Enter on line 7 any state and local general sales taxes paid on the following specified items. File your taxes online If you are completing more than one worksheet, include the total for line 7 on only one of the worksheets. File your taxes online A motor vehicle (including a car, motorcycle, motor home, recreational vehicle, sport utility vehicle, truck, van, and off-road vehicle). 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