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Should You Itemize?

 

Whether to itemize deductions on your tax return depends on how much you spent on certain expenses last year. Money paid for medical care, mortgage interest, certain taxes, charitable contributions, casualty losses and miscellaneous deductions can reduce your taxes.

If the total amount spent on those categories is more than your standard deduction, you can usually benefit by itemizing. The standard deduction amounts are based on your filing status and are subject to inflation adjustments each year. For 2009, they are:

  • Single $5,700
  • Married Filing Jointly $11,400
  • Head of Household $8,350
  • Married Filing Separately $5,700

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Lady Govs end losing streak, down Skyhawks

 

APSU Governors LogoAustin Peay State University women’s basketball team ended its seven-game losing streak with a 63-45 Ohio Valley Conference victory against UT Martin, Thursday night, at the Dunn Center.

Austin Peay (4-12, 3-2 OVC) found itself trailing a feisty, but shorthanded, UT Martin squad by five points, 18-13, 12 minutes into the contest. However, the Lady Govs closed the half with a 19-2 run to take a 32-20 halftime lead.

Senior Nicole Jamen recorded her season's fifth double-double in the Lady Govs victory against UT Martin, Thursday night. (Robert Smith/The Leaf-Chronicle)

Senior Nicole Jamen recorded her season's fifth double-double in the Lady Govs victory against UT Martin, Thursday night. (Robert Smith/The Leaf-Chronicle)

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Govs used second-half flourish to run past UT Martin

 

APSU Governors LogoAustin Peay State University went on a 25-6 early second-half run as it defeated UT Martin, 90-72, Thursday night, in Ohio Valley Conference action played in Dave Aaron Arena.

The victory snapped a three-game Govs losing streak and improved APSU to 9-8 and 3-2 in the OVC. UT Martin remained winless (0-4) in the OVC while falling to 2-11 overall.

APSU's John Fraley shoots as UT Martin's Ron Spencer tries to block. (Robert Smith/The Leaf-Chronicle)

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