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Let me add to my previous post that your CA SDI tax (and the portion of your car registration that constitutes an ad valorem tax) are also itemized deductions. Other common itemized deductions are charitable contributions and medical expenses in excess of 7.5% of your AGI.

If you buy a house this year, interest payments on the mortgage and points paid for acquisition debt will also be itemized deductions, but if you live in Los Angeles, buying anything decent is asking a lot on your income. I live in Los Angeles myself, but I was fortunate enough to get married in 1997, so that's when we bought. Fortunately for us, that turned out to be the bottom of the market. If we had to buy now, I doubt we could afford it. --Bob
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