Best Tax Deductions to Itemize in 2024: Maximize Your Savings

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Written By kevin

A financial strategist with a knack for demystifying taxes and insurance, Kevin distills complex concepts into actionable advice.

As the calendar flips to a new year, taxpayers across the nation begin the annual ritual of examining their finances in preparation for tax season. With the 2024 standard deduction set at $14,600 for single filers and $29,200 for joint filers, the question arises: should you take the standard deduction or itemize your expenses?

Understanding Tax Deductions

Tax deductions are a form of tax incentives that reduce your taxable income. You have two options: the standard deduction or itemizing deductions. The latter involves listing eligible expenses on Schedule A (Form 1040). To benefit from itemizing, these expenses must exceed the standard deduction amount.

Qualifying Expenses

Not all expenses qualify for itemization. Here’s a breakdown of some deductible expenses:

Medical Expenses

Medical and dental expenses exceeding 7.5% of your adjusted gross income can be itemized. Eligible costs include:

  • Doctor visits
  • Prescriptions
  • Hospital services
  • Dental care
  • Physical therapy

Cosmetic procedures are generally excluded unless they address deformities from congenital abnormalities or injuries.

State and Local Taxes (SALT)

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) capped the SALT deduction at $10,000. This includes property taxes and either income or sales taxes.

Mortgage Interest

Interest on mortgages up to $750,000 is deductible. This applies to loans taken out after December 31, 2017.

Charitable Contributions

Donations to qualified charities are deductible. Keep receipts for monetary donations and track mileage for volunteer work.

Maximizing Your Deductions

To make the most of your deductions:

  • Keep accurate records: Save all receipts and statements for deductible expenses.
  • Time payments: Consider prepaying deductible expenses before the year’s end.
  • Consult professionals: Seek advice from CPAs or tax preparers, especially before making decisions based on tax consequences.


Itemizing deductions requires diligent record-keeping and an understanding of IRS guidelines. Before filing, consult with a tax professional to ensure you’re maximizing your deductions and staying compliant with IRS regulations. With strategic planning, you can potentially reduce your taxable income and save on taxes.

Remember, the choice between the standard deduction and itemizing depends on your specific financial situation. Run the numbers or consult a tax professional to determine the best course of action for you.

For more detailed information on tax deductions and how to maximize your savings, refer to the official IRS guidelines and resources.