What is The Difference Between Standard and Itemized Tax Deductions?

Taxpayers have the option of claiming the standard tax deduction or itemizing their deductions (listing them separately) by whichever reduces their tax liability the most.  Here is a breakdown of the two. Standard Deduction A standard deduction refers to a set dollar amount that can reduce your income tax bill. The deduction depends on your tax filing status. For the 2017 tax year, the applicable standard deduction is [...]