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Standard Deduction and Exemption Amounts

2013 Standard Deduction

  1. Single - $6,100
  2. Married Filing Joint - $12,200
  3. Married Filing Separately - $$6,100
  4. Head of Household - $8,950
  5. Qualifying Widow(er) - $12,200

Personal Exemption(s) - $3,900

IF THE TAXPAYER OR SPOUSE IS LEGALLY BLIND AND/OR BORN BEFORE JANUARY 2, 1948, THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONS ARE ADDED TO THE STANDARD DEDUCTION FOR EACH OCCURRENCE:

  • $1,200 FOR MARRIED FILING JOINTLY OR SEPARATELY AND QUALIFYING WIDOW FILERS
  • $1,500 FOR SINGLE AND HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD FILERS

*THIS ADDITIONAL AMOUNT IS NOT AVAILABLE IF THE TAXPAYERS ITEMIZE THEIR DEDUCTIONS

*IF MARRIED FILING SEPARATELY AND ONE OF THE SPOUSES ITEMIZES THEIR DEDUCTIONS THE OTHER MUST ITEMIZE AS WELL.


2012 Standard Deduction

  1. Single - $5,950
  2. Married Filing Joint – $11,900
  3. Married Filing Separately – $5,950
  4. Head of Household – $8,700
  5. Qualifying Widow(er) – $11,900

Personal Exemption(s) - $3,800

IF THE TAXPAYER OR SPOUSE IS LEGALLY BLIND AND/OR BORN BEFORE JANUARY 2, 1947, THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONS ARE ADDED TO THE STANDARD DEDUCTION FOR EACH OCCURRENCE:

  • $1,150 FOR MARRIED FILING JOINTLY OR SEPARATELY AND QUALIFYING WIDOW FILERS
  • $1,450 FOR SINGLE AND HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD FILERS

*THIS ADDITIONAL AMOUNT IS NOT AVAILABLE IF THE TAXPAYERS ITEMIZE THEIR DEDUCTIONS

*IF MARRIED FILING SEPARATELY AND ONE OF THE SPOUSES ITEMIZES THEIR DEDUCTIONS THE OTHER MUST ITEMIZE AS WELL.


2011 Standard Deduction

  1. Single - $5,800
  2. Married Filing Joint – $11,600
  3. Married Filing Separately – $5,800
  4. Head of Household – $8,500
  5. Qualifying Widow(er) – $11,600

Personal Exemption(s) - $3,700

IF THE TAXPAYER OR SPOUSE IS LEGALLY BLIND AND/OR BORN BEFORE JANUARY 2, 1946, THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONS ARE ADDED TO THE STANDARD DEDUCTION FOR EACH OCCURRENCE:

  • $1,150 FOR MARRIED FILING JOINTLY OR SEPARATELY AND QUALIFYING WIDOW FILERS
  • $1,450 FOR SINGLE AND HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD FILERS

*THIS ADDITIONAL AMOUNT IS NOT AVAILABLE IF THE TAXPAYERS ITEMIZE THEIR DEDUCTIONS

*IF MARRIED FILING SEPARATELY AND ONE OF THE SPOUSES ITEMIZES THEIR DEDUCTIONS THE OTHER MUST ITEMIZE AS WELL.