Tax Tip 2016: Deduct State Sales Taxes

You might come out ahead on your federal tax return if you do.

Itemizers have the choice between deducting the state income taxes or state sales taxes they paid. Choose whichever saves you the most. So if your state doesn't have an income tax, the sales tax write-off is clearly the way to go on your federal return.

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Kevin McCormally
Chief Content Officer, Kiplinger Washington Editors
McCormally retired in 2018 after more than 40 years at Kiplinger. He joined Kiplinger in 1977 as a reporter specializing in taxes, retirement, credit and other personal finance issues. He is the author and editor of many books, helped develop and improve popular tax-preparation software programs, and has written and appeared in several educational videos. In 2005, he was named Editorial Director of The Kiplinger Washington Editors, responsible for overseeing all of our publications and Web site. At the time, Editor in Chief Knight Kiplinger called McCormally "the watchdog of editorial quality, integrity and fairness in all that we do." In 2015, Kevin was named Chief Content Officer and Senior Vice President.