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Under the pandemic relief program, taxpayers can deduct up to $300, even if they take the standard deduction. And even if $300 doesn’t sound like much, it’s “a big deal” to the needy. (Till Lauer/The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH NYT STORY TAX-DEDUCTIONS BY ANN CARRNS FOR NOV. 20, 2020. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. --

Under the pandemic relief program, taxpayers can deduct up to $300, even if they take the standard deduction. And even if $300 doesn’t sound like much, it’s “a big deal” to the needy. (Till Lauer/The New York Times) -- NO SALES; FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY WITH NYT STORY TAX-DEDUCTIONS BY ANN CARRNS FOR NOV. 20, 2020. ALL OTHER USE PROHIBITED. --