Submitted By: someone
Answered: May 21, 2018 11:15 pm

In 2017 I had substantial medical expenses and large charitable contributions. Can I save part of my itemized deductions from 2017 and report them on my 2018 return?

No. Deductions usually must be claimed for the year in which they were paid. There’s no provision in the tax law allowing a person to “save” deductions and use them in a subsequent year.

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Tax Glossary

Lump-sum distribution

Payments within one tax year of the entire amount due to a participant in a qualified retirement plan. Qualifying lump sums may be directly rolled over tax free, or, in some cases, are eligible for current tax under a favorable averaging method.

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