North Carolina Standard Deduction or North Carolina Itemized Deductions

For tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2012, the starting point for determining North Carolina taxable income is federal adjusted gross income.  For tax years 2012 and 2013, you may deduct the North Carolina standard deduction or itemized deductions using the itemized deduction worksheets provided in the North Carolina individual income tax instructions for Form D-400.  If you itemized on your federal return, you may either itemize or claim the standard deduction.  If you did not itemize your deductions on your federal return, you may only take the standard deduction on your North Carolina return.  However, if you are (1) married filing a separate return for federal income tax purposes and your spouse itemizes deductions, or (2) a nonresident alien, or (3) filing a short-year return because of a change in your accounting period, you are not entitled to the standard deduction.  Note:  A short-year return does not relate to a taxpayer who files a return as a part-year resident.  

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If you are a same-sex couple, see Frequently Asked Questions for Same-Sex Marriage (Question 4).