2019 Standard Deduction Amounts

For 2019 taxes filed in April 2020 the standard deductions are as follows

  • $12,200 for single taxpayers
  • $12,200 for married taxpayers filing separately
  • $18,350 for heads of households
  • $24,400 for married taxpayers filing jointly
  • $24,400 for qualifying widow(er)s

Special Considerations

The federal income tax system and some states have higher standard deductions for people who are at least 65 years old and for people who are blind. Under federal guidelines, if you are 65 or older and single or a head of household, your standard deduction goes up $1,650 for 2019. If you are married filing jointly and one of you is 65 or older, your standard deduction goes up $1,300. If both of you are 65 or older, the deduction increases by $2,600.

If you are legally blind and single or a head of household, your standard deduction goes up by $1,650. If you are married filing jointly and one of you is blind, your standard deduction goes up $1,300. If both of you are legally blind, the deduction increases by $2,600. To qualify as blind, you must have a certified letter from an eye doctor stating that you have noncorrectable 20/200 vision in your best eye or that your field of vision is 20 degrees or less.