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Itemize

To list a specific expense the taxpayer has had over the course of the tax year in order to reduce one's taxable income. One may itemize most medical expenses, for example, and deduct them from one's taxable income. The same is the case for interest on mortgages and business expenses. The IRS allows itemized deductions as an alternative to the standard deduction, which takes a flat amount out of one's taxable income. Itemized deductions are subject to certain restrictions; for example, some expenses must exceed a certain percentage of the adjusted gross income to be deductible.
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63(c)(6)(A), which provides that a married individual filing a separate return in which either spouse itemizes deductions shall have a standard deduction of zero.
For 1990, taxpayers can elect to itemize deductions for certain medical costs, interest, taxes, charitable contributions, casualty and theft losses, moving expenses and miscellaneous expenses if their total exceeds the taxpayer's standard deduction.
B itemizes her deductions and paid the following: $700 for a hearing-aid animal to help her at home; $450 for a special telephone; $300 for a closed caption TV decoder; and $1,200 to assistance providers on special occasions.