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Answered: May 5, 2017 8:56 am

I received tax-free interest on municipal bonds. Do I have to report the interest?

While the interest is not subject to income tax, it must be reported on your federal income tax return. If you collect Social Security benefits, the interest is taken into account in determining whether and to what extent the benefits are includible in gross income. And if any of the interest is on private activity bonds, the interest likely is taxable for alternative minimum tax purposes.

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Tax Glossary

Itemized deductions

Items, such as interest, state and local income and sales taxes, charitable contributions, and medical deductions, claimed on Schedule A of Form 1040. Itemized deductions are subtracted from adjusted gross income to arrive at taxable income. The amount of itemized deductions is also subject to a reduction when adjusted gross income exceeds certain limits.

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