Tax Deduction

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Definition of 'Tax Deduction'

A tax deduction is an expense that can be subtracted from your taxable income. This means that you will pay less tax on your income. There are many different types of tax deductions, including:

* **Medical expenses:** You can deduct medical expenses that you paid for yourself, your spouse, or your dependents. This includes doctor's visits, hospital bills, prescription drugs, and medical insurance premiums.
* **Charitable contributions:** You can deduct donations that you make to qualified charities.
* **Mortgage interest:** You can deduct the interest that you pay on your mortgage.
* **Property taxes:** You can deduct the property taxes that you pay on your home.
* **Job expenses:** You can deduct certain job expenses, such as travel expenses, work clothes, and union dues.

The amount of your tax deduction will depend on the type of deduction and your individual circumstances. You can find more information about tax deductions on the IRS website.

**How to claim tax deductions**

To claim tax deductions, you will need to itemize your deductions on your tax return. This means that you will need to list all of your eligible deductions and their amounts. You can itemize your deductions if your total deductions are more than the standard deduction amount. The standard deduction amount is different for each filing status. For example, the standard deduction for single filers is $12,550 in 2023.

If you are not sure whether you should itemize your deductions, you can use the IRS's Tax Withholding Estimator to help you decide.

**Tax deductions can save you money**

Tax deductions can save you money by reducing the amount of tax that you owe. For example, if you have $1,000 in medical expenses and you are in the 22% tax bracket, you will save $220 in taxes.

It is important to keep track of your eligible tax deductions throughout the year so that you can claim them on your tax return. There are many different types of tax deductions, so it is important to do your research to find out which ones you qualify for.

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