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Illinois State Sales Tax deduction

By Terry Savage on April 21, 2019 | Economy & Taxes

I am writing on behalf of my 89 year old father. He just recently did his federal income taxes and was unable to find any information on how much you can claim for your state SALES tax. I believe there is a percentage that you can claim? My husband and I tried to help him with this, but no luck. It is too late for this year, but he saw your column in the Chicago Tribune and asked me to contact you to see if you could help so he can claim the state sales tax for next year. Thank you.

Terry Says

That all changed for 2018 under the new tax laws.  You get a higher standard deduction — $12,000.  And you get a maximum of $10,000 deduction for state income taxes, property taxes, and sales taxes.  BUT you must choose between deducting either state income taxes OR sales taxes!  Depending on what size each deduction is, you’ll have to make a choice.

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