Standard Deduction for Blind and Elderly

The standard deduction is the most basic deduction out there for all taxpayers that are US citizens, nationals, and resident aliens. If you’re not itemizing your deductions using Schedule A, you can claim the standard deduction. The amount is set by the Internal Revenue Service and adjusted against inflation and changes to the cost of living every year. 

The standard deduction amount is the same for every taxpayer, but if you’re legally blind or over the age of 65, it’s increased. The amount increased isn’t the same for both legally blind and elderly though. Taxpayers who are legally blind get more in standard deduction than those 65 and older. 

For the 2022 tax season, the standard deduction for blind and elderly is as follows.

Standard Deduction for Legally Blind: $14,200

Standard Deduction for 65 and Older: $13,850

How to claim the increased standard deduction?

There isn’t any specific thing you need to do to get the increased standard deduction. When you file your tax return, the Internal Revenue Service will know your age and whether or not you’re legally blind. Depending on the one that applies, you’ll get $1,350 or $1,600 more in your standard deduction.

This increase in the standard deduction for legally blind and elderly is a major consideration for claiming the standard deduction. Sure, you can itemize deductions, but when you get a higher standard deduction amount, it makes it more attractive. 

For married taxpayers filing a joint return, both spouses get the increased standard deduction as long as they qualify. If only one spouse qualifies for a higher deduction, that will add up to the married filing jointly standard deduction. For example, the standard deduction, for the time being, is $25,100 for married couples. If one spouse is over the age of 65, it increases to $26,450. If both spouses are over the age of 65, it increases even further to $27,800. If one or both spouses are over the age of 65 and legally blind, the increase is doubled.

What is the standard deduction 2022 for over 65?

The standard deduction for 65 and older is $1,350 on top of the standard deduction for every other taxpayer. Since the standard deduction for the 2022 tax season hasn’t been announced by the Internal Revenue Service yet, it’s hard to point out the exact amount but it’s expected to be somewhere between $12,750 and $13,000.   

I am both over 65 and legally blind, what is my standard deduction?

A taxpayer who’s both over the age of 65 and legally blind for tax purposes gets the doubled amount. So, the standard deduction is increased by $2,950 ($1,350+$1,600).

How to claim the increased standard deduction?

There are no additional tax forms or further things you need to do to get the increased standard deduction for your age or blindness. You already state your age and whether or not you are legally blind for tax purposes. This is enough for the Internal Revenue Service to claim your increased standard deduction. Just state your personal information at the beginning of your tax return, and you’re good to go.

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