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 Subject: Taxes Category: Business and Money > Accounting Asked by: vaac-ga List Price: \$3.00 Posted: 10 Aug 2006 21:46 PDT Expires: 09 Sep 2006 21:46 PDT Question ID: 754898
 ```On line 39a of Schedule 1040 the question is asked if you and your spouse were born before 1941. If yes, and you check the 2 boxes, does this give you additional exemptions or other tax benefits?```
 ```Hello vaac-ga, The quick answer is yes. Some of the benefits are explained below: It takes effect in the following situations: Standard Deduction Worksheet for Dependents?Line 40 Standard deduction. a. Enter the smaller of line 1 or line 2. If born after January 1, 1941, and not blind, stop here and enter this amount on Form 1040, line 40. Otherwise, go to line 3b 3a. b. If born before January 2, 1941, or blind, multiply the number on Form 1040, line 39a, by \$1,000 (\$1,250 if single or head of household) 3b. c. Add lines 3a and 3b. Enter the total here and on Form 1040, line 40 People who don't check the box have different standard deduction values. For people who are born before January 2, 1941, their deduction values are as follows: Single Standard Deduction Chart for People Who Were Born Before January 2, 1941, or Were Blind?Line 40 Single and the number is 1 then the standard deduction is \$6,250 Single and the number is 2 then the standard deduction is \$7,500 Married filing jointy and the number is 1 then the standard deduction is \$11,000 Married filing jointy and the number is 2 then the standard deduction is \$12,000 Married filing jointy and the number is 3 then the standard deduction is \$13,000 Married filing jointy and the number is 4 then the standard deduction is \$14,000 Married filing separatly and the number is 1 then the standard deduction is \$6,000 Married filing separatly and the number is 2 then the standard deduction is \$7,000 Married filing separatly and the number is 3 then the standard deduction is \$8,000 Married filing separatly and the number is 4 then the standard deduction is \$9,000 Head of household and the number is 1 then the standard deduction is \$8,550 Head of household and the number is 2 then the standard deduction is \$9,800 Source: http://www.irs.gov/instructions/i1040gi/ar02.html I hope this is the answer you were looking for. Please let me know if you require any clarification and I will do my best to further assist you. All the best, tisme-ga Search Strategy: "line 39a" 1040``` Request for Answer Clarification by vaac-ga on 12 Aug 2006 21:49 PDT ```Thanks for the excellent answer. I just want to make sure I understood right: if I and my spouse were born before 1941 this increases the standard deduction which we can take to 12000 but does not add another exemption or other benefit to the 2 exemptions claimed on filing jointly without dependents.``` Clarification of Answer by tisme-ga on 13 Aug 2006 09:06 PDT ```Hello vaac-ga, Yes, that is correct. Those are the two benefits stemming from line 39a. All the best, tisme-ga``` Request for Answer Clarification by vaac-ga on 13 Aug 2006 13:03 PDT ```You mentioned two benefits stemming from line 39a. One is the deducion fee increase. Is there a second? Thanks vaaad-ga``` Clarification of Answer by tisme-ga on 13 Aug 2006 21:30 PDT ```Hello vaac-ga, The second is if you have dependents (which does not apply to you based on the information you gave me). I hope this helps clear things up. tisme-ga```
 vaac-ga rated this answer: `Thank you very much for the excellent answer and excellent clarifications.`