Can I itemize federal return if I claim standard deductions on State return. (California)?
Asked by: ubinas
I want to itemize my federal tax return and go with standard deductions on state return. This is for 2011 tax year.
I filed as Married Filing Joint for previous year (2010 tax year). This year I’m filing as Married Filing Separate. And I ‘m living separate for the entire 2011 year.
(calculations show that this is best way to go for both of us, me and my former spouse. but the question is can I do it?
I can not find anything about it in the form 540 instructions. Can you give the source of the claim that California return has to be same as Federal please.
In fact, California doesn’t require it to be the same way, as they (form 540 instructions) talk about the case where California is itemized while the Federal is not. So my question is for the opposite case.