- Any estimated taxes you paid to state or local governments during the year, and
- Any prior year’s state or local income tax you paid during the year.
Generally, you can take either a deduction or a tax credit for foreign income taxes imposed on you by a foreign country or a United States possession. As an employee, you can deduct mandatory contributions to state benefit funds that provide protection against loss of wages.
Deductible real estate taxes are generally any state, local, or foreign taxes on real property levied for the general public welfare. They need to be charged uniformly against all real property in the jurisdiction at a like rate. Many states and counties also impose local benefit taxes for improvements to property, such as assessments for streets, sidewalks, and sewer lines. These taxes cannot be deducted. However, you can increase the cost basis of your property by the amount of the assessment. Local benefits taxes are deductible if they are for maintenance or repair, or interest charges related to those benefits.
If a portion of your monthly mortgage payment goes into an escrow account, and periodically the lender pays your real estate taxes out of the account to the local government, do not deduct the amount paid into the escrow account. Only deduct the amount actually paid out of the escrow account during the year to the taxing authority.
Deductible personal property taxes are those based only on the value of personal property such as a boat or car. The taxes need to be charged to you on a yearly basis, even if it is collected more than once a year or less than once a year.
Some taxes and fees you cannot deduct on Schedule A include federal income taxes, social security taxes, transfer taxes (or stamp taxes) on the sale of property, homeowner’s association fees, estate and inheritance taxes, and service charges for water, sewer, etc.