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Must I Itemize My Deductions If My Filing Status Is Married Filing Separately?

If the filing status you are using for filing your individual income tax return is "married filing separatelyā€¯ and your spouse itemizes his or her deductions, and then you must use your itemized deductions even if your standard deduction exceeds your itemized deductions.

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