Weekly Map: Who Itemizes?

May 15, 2013

This week's map shows the percentage of federal tax returns in each state claiming Schedule A itemized deductions, the biggest of which are for charitable contributions, state and local taxes, and mortgage interest. Because every taxpayer is able to claim a minimum standard deduction (currently $5,950 for single filers and $12,200 for joint filers) these deductions only provide a benefit if they add up to be more; they therefore benefit mainly higher-income taxpayers, and wealthier states have a higher percentage of itemizers.

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