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Answered: April 6, 2021 11:36 pm

If I take the standard deduction, can I deduct gambling losses?

No. Gambling winnings must be reported as income, but gambling losses are deductible only as an itemized deduction. There is no dollar limit on the write off but it’s limited to the extent of the gambling winnings.

Tax Glossary


A fixed deduction allowed to every taxpayer, except those who may be claimed as a dependent by another person. Extra exemption deductions are allowed for a spouse on a joint return and for each qualifying dependent. A deduction of $3,400 is allowed for each exemption claimed on 2007 returns, but the deduction is phased out for certain high income individuals.

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