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Get Credit Where Credit is Due:

In Accounting & Finances, Business, Taxes on April 25, 2013 by Sufen Wang Tagged: , , , , , , ,

MH900039005Five Tax Credits to Reduce Your Taxes

Now that the tax deadline, April 15, had passed, and tax extension had filed; let us start working on your returns, shall we?!

Give yourself credit for all your hard work in 2012 – tax credit that is…. A tax credit reduces the amount of tax you mu pay, which is always a good thing!  A refundable tax credit is doubly god because it reduces the amount you must pay and it could also result in a refund. So, before handing in your tax return just yet – do your homework and see if you are missing out on some extra credit.

If you worked, but didn’t earn a lot of money last year – less than $50,270 – the Earned Income Tax Credit may be your perfect match. Eligibility is based on earnings, filing status, and eligible children. The EITC Assistant Tool does the math for you to see if you make the grade and approximately how much credit you’ll receive. The more kids you have, the better: the maximum you can get is $5,891 if you’re a worker with three or more children.

MH900446562Speaking of children, everyone knows it’s a full-time job raising kids. One of the perks, other than the joy of seeing them grow up, is a little thing called the Child Tax Credit. This credit can reduce your income tax by up to $1,000 for each qualifying child under age 17 that you claim on your return.

MH900198327And even when the kids leave the nest for college, you can still get credit for your parenting skills with the American Opportunity Tax Credit. This applies to the first four years of post-secondary education with the maximum credit at $2,500 per eligible student and 40% of the credit (up to $1,000) being refundable. This should offset some of the pain of paying full tuition for that out-of-state private university that your son or daughter just has to go to because it has the best sports teams.

Or maybe you’re stuck between a rock and a hard place: you have somebody who depends on you, like a disabled spouse, dependent, or qualifying child under age 13, but you need to work to support them. If you paid for their care so that you could work or look for employment in the meantime, the Child and Dependent Care Credit could cover up to 35% of those care-taking expenses.

MH900200427Finally, this one is dedicated to those individuals out there who think ahead. The Retirement Savings Contributions Credit, a.k.a. the Saver’s Credit, helps low-to-moderate income workers save for retirement. To qualify, you must contribute to an IRA or a retirement plan at work and your income must be below a certain limit. And the credit is in addition to any other tax savings that apply to retirement plans. Now let the credits roll! 

Sufen Wang, M.S. Accountancy,

Wang Solutions, Long Beach, CA (562) 856-0793

Editor: Hannah Huff, M.F.A. Creative Writing: Poetry, (626) 806-5805

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