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Individual taxpayers may claim deductions for alimony, medical expenses, dividends from income otherwise taxed, and charitable contributions or gifts. Many states allow an optional standard deduction in lieu of other deductions, much like the federal option for standard or itemized deductions. But states seldom offer this option in lieu of business expenses; this deduction is a percentage of gross or adjusted gross income. There is no state deduction for personal, living, or family expenses.

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