The Center For Debt Management
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Items That Can Help Reduce
The Amount of Tax You Owe

Exemptions (Spouse & Children)

  • Verify all Social Security numbers. Make sure all names and Social Security numbers match the Social Security ID cards. If they do not match, call the Social Security Administration (SSA) at (800) 772-1213. People who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the toll-free TTY number, (800) 325-0778.

  • Verify all dates of birth.

Deductions (Schedule A or Standard)

These items can be deducted on a Schedule A:

  • Medical & Dental Expenses
  • Taxes You Paid (State & Real Estate Taxes)
  • Interest You Paid (Home Mortgage Interest & Points)
  • Interest You Paid (Student Loan)
  • Gifts to Charity (Charitable Contributions)
  • Casualty and Theft Losses
  • Job Expenses and Miscellaneous Deductions

Credits

  • Credit for Child & Dependent Care Expenses
  • Education Credits
  • Child Tax Credits

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