This calculator is an implementation of Pub 525 Worksheet 2 with footnote limits applied.
Previous year information is entered on the left, current year information is entered on the right.
Values in the fields are not recognized until you tab or click out of the field.
Enter filing information to determine the standard deduction for the previous year.
Enter previous year Schedule A information.
If the sales tax amount is not shown on the previous year return printout,
use the IRS sales tax calculator to determine the amount.
Enter refund amounts for the current year.
Refunds covering multiple years are not supported.
If the filing status was MFJ and is different for the current year, refunds must be shared with
the person filed with in the previous year based on who paid the amount deducted.
Enter only this taxpayer's amount.
Resulting taxable amounts are shown for the current year.
If an amount is taxable, you are then prompted for a possible unused tax credit test.
If the tax after credits were applied is non-zero, there are none; enter 0.
If you don't have access to an electronic version of last year's return, enter 0.
Taxability on refund amounts are determined by entries on the previous year return which include:
The actual amount of the refund.
The difference between Sales Tax and State Withholding used in Schedule A.
The total itemized deductions which exceed the standard deduction.
The refund amount reduced by a taxable amount that is negative.
Tax Credits that were available but not fully used to reduce tax.
"Sales tax refund amount" might be the result of returning a purchased vehicle, for example.
"Other recoverable amounts" might be the result of other Schedule A refunds received in the current tax year,
such as a property tax refund or a medical expense claimed. Enter the amount used as a deduction in the previous
tax year in the "Other amount used, if refunded" line. If the expense is in a category with limits
(i.e. Medical Deductions), don't enter more than the category total.
Filing Information for prior year ()
TP 65 or older
TP was blind
SP 65 or older
SP was blind
Taxable income (1040 line 43)
If Taxable income (1040 line 43) shows 0, enter lines 41 and 42 to calculate a possible negative Taxable income
1040 line 41:
1040 line 42:
43. Taxable income (may be negative):
Schedule A information
5a State & Local Income taxes:
5b General Sales taxes:
Other amount used, if refunded:
Total itemized deductions:
Unused tax credits
HINT: Was tax after nonrefundable credits (1040 line 56) zero?
Enter the max amount of taxable income added that resulted in no change in the tax refund or amount due:
Refund Information for current year ()
State refund amount:
Sales tax refund amount:
Other recoverable amounts:
Taxable amount of refund:
1040 line 10
(line 1 of TS refund worksheet).
Taxable amount of sales tax & other:
1040 line 21
(TS Other Income).