The Compare Deductions feature allows you to view your total standard deductions and your current itemized deductions. This allows you to decide if you wish to itemize your return or use the standard deduction. The program will automatically use the higher of the two deductions to calculate your return.
If you are using the Married Filing Separate filing status and either spouse itemizes their deductions, the other spouse must also itemize deductions. You must manually force the program to use the itemized deductions. To force the Itemized Deductions, go to the:
- Federal Section
- Itemized Deductions
- Use Standard or Itemized Deduction