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  • Local Officials Recognized For Professional Excellence

    TheresiaEhrichTheresia Ehrich, currently the Chief Administrative Deputy for the Mason County sheriff's Department and Cathy Beierle, Finance Director for the City of Shelton, two financial services professions, have earned the "Professional Officer Award" for the State of Washington from the Washington… Read More +

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Tax Tip: Should You Take the Standard Deduction or Itemize?

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_454941d242.jpgjrwasserman/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The Internal Revenue Service allows a married couple, filing jointly, $12,200 as a standard deduction for their 2013 tax return. But is that the best option for you and your spouse? Tax expert Kevin McCormally with Kiplinger's says taking the standard deduction makes sense for many. "I think most people who claim the standard deduction are doing the right thing. It gives them more benefit than if they itemize and it's certainly simpler," he tells ABC News Radio.

 

But if you're paying a lot of mortgage interest, health costs or some other deductible items, tax account Janice Hayman says it might be best to itemize.

"You should absolutely see if you can. I think if people took the time to collect certain receipts from charities for goods donated, those alone are something that could get you over the edge and allow you to itemize," she says.

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