- posted 10 years ago

I'm calculating my 2008 itemized deductions and I'm using the Itemized

Deductions Worksheet on page A-10.

On line 9, it says to enter the smaller of line 4 or 8 (let's call

this number X)

On line 10, it says to "Divide line 9 by 1.5". So now, line 10 is two-

thirds of X

On line 11, it says to "Subtract line 10 from line 9" (This would

result in one-third of X)

Wouldn't it have been faster for line 11 to read, "Divide line 9 by 3"

and skip line 10 altogether? There's gotta be a point to the useless

computation, but I haven't figured it out.