Generally, you must decide whether to itemize or to use the standard deduction on your income tax return. You should itemize if your allowable itemized deductions are greater than your standard deduction. The taxpayer must maintain the records and receipts to substantiate the itemized deductions. All deductions are reported in the tax year in which the eligible expenses were paid.
You may benefit from itemizing your deductions on Form 1040, Schedule A, if you: