Okay, let's move on to another question. When do I use Schedule A? This is a question about itemized deductions. The Schedule A is used when you have itemized deductions, such as medical expenses, mortgage interest, real estate taxes, sales taxes, state income tax, charitable contributions, and job-related expenses that aren't reimbursed. To find the Schedule A, you can go to the IRS website and search for it. Alternatively, you can find it at Mahalo.com. Schedule A also gives you the option of using a standard deduction instead of filling out the form in detail. If you're single and have $5700 or less in these types of expenses, it's better to use the standard deduction. If you have more than that, or if you're married filing jointly, you should fill out the schedule a to deduct the higher of the two amounts. Download the form from Mahalo.com and calculate which deduction benefits you the most. Take advantage of the Schedule A to make some of your personal expenses deductible and improve your overall tax position.