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What can I include in my California itemized deductions?

California generally doesn't conform to the changes from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including the changes to what's allowed as an itemized deduction. This means you can include some things as itemized deductions for California that you're not able to include in your federal itemized deductions.

Some examples include:

  • unreimbursed employee expenses
  • personal casualty or theft losses
  • tax preparation fees
  • certain mortgage interest, or points above the limits on a federal return.


This also means there are some things that are allowed as an itemized deduction on your federal tax return that aren't allowed on your California return.

Some examples inclue:
  • state tax withheld
  • mortgage insurance premiums
  • certain charitable donations over a certain amount

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