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Yes, you can claim state and local sales taxes on your return. But in order to do so you must itemize deductions and you must not claim state and local income taxes. You're allowed to claim either state and local income taxes or state and local sales taxes, but not both.


If you do claim the sales tax deduction, you can either claim the amount you actually paid (based on receipts) or the amount given to you by the IRS's Sales Tax Deduction Calculator.

For a more detailed explanation of the state and local sales tax deduction, please see Deducting State Sales Tax.
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