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How do we recoup the monies that the telephone, cell phone, electric, cable, satellite and others place on our bills as some regulated and unregulated sales tax? Do we keep the receipts/bills and at the end of the year have it taken off our taxes with the IRS? In essences, it seems that we are having taxation without representation all over again. Thanks in advance, Re in Palm Bay, FL.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Merlo replied 8 years ago.


Sales taxes that you pay are only deductible on your tax return if you itemize your deductions on Schedule A. If you file a Form 1040, and itemize deductions on Schedule A, you have the option of claiming either state and local income taxes or state and local sales taxes. (You can't claim both.) If you saved your receipts throughout the year, you can add up the total amount of sales taxes you actually paid and claim that amount.

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