Can I deduct state sales taxes?

The tax deal revived the option to deduct state sales taxes instead of income taxes for 2012 and 2013 -- great news if you live in one of the nine income tax-free states, including Texas, Florida, and Washington.

No problem if you didn't keep every sales slip for the year -- the IRS provides a figure based on your income.

If you made a big-ticket purchase like a car or boat last year, dig up that receipt. You can add the sales tax you paid to the IRS base.

Even in low-tax states, run the numbers using the sales-tax-deduction calculator at

  @Money - Last updated March 26 2013 11:25 AM ET
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