Yes, if you claimed the Standard Deduction on your federal return, you can still itemize your deductions on the Kentucky return. You must complete the Itemized Deductions section of the federal return. Then, you may need to make additional manual adjustments to the amounts claimed on the federal return.
To make manual entries in the Kentucky state return:
- Go to the State Section
- Edit Kentucky Return
- Itemized Deductions
What if we are married filing separately?
Married taxpayers who are filing separate returns or a combined return but using only one Schedule A must divide the itemized deductions. If one spouse is not required to file a Kentucky return, total deductions may be divided between them based on the percentage of each spouse’s income to total income or separate Schedules A may be filed.
Taxpayers filing MFS must also claim the same deduction (standard or itemized) unless they lived apart the entire tax year.