Hudson, NH Resident Seeks Clarification
Above-the-line tax deductions are those qualified items that are deducted from gross income to
calculate adjusted gross income. The most common above-the-line deductions include IRA and other
qualified retirement contributions, healthcare expenses, business expenses, and student loan interest.
Above-the-line deductions can be taken even if you are not itemizing deductions when filing taxes. This
allows those who have more advantage taking the standard deduction versus itemizing to still take
advantage of these above-the-line tax savings. To calculate this, all above-the-line deductions are
combined and are then used to determine your adjusted gross income, reducing overall taxable income.
This is separate from the standard deduction or itemized deductions, which can then be taken from the
adjusted gross income.