7 ways you could get more money back on your taxesMarch 19, 2021
If you still need to file your taxes this year, you’re in luck. The IRS is April 15 (and you can also if you need more time). Even more good news: This year, there are a bunch of tax credits you may be able to claim, some old and some new.instead of the usual
Tax credits can lower the amount of money you owe, and potentially increase your refund (). The latest that includes some major changes to existing tax credits. Plus, if you’re still missing a first or second stimulus check, you can as well — .
Here are some of the tax credits you can claim on your taxes this year that you may not know about that could bring your family more money.
Recovery Rebate Credit: File if you didn’t get all of your stimulus money
While most people got their first and second stimulus check automatically, some did not, due toor their status as (which often includes those who are or part of the ). If you didn’t receive the full amount that you were owed from the ) or the ), or were missing money for any of your dependents, you can claim that money on your 2020 tax return. This is called a . You’ll have to file a return to get this credit, .
Earned Income Tax Credit: File if you earn under a certain amount
Designed to benefit people with lower incomes, the Earned Income Tax Credit can reduce your taxable income and wages. Under the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020, part of the, you can use your 2019 or 2020 amount of earned income to calculate your tax credit for 2020 — a potentially important provision for people who lost their jobs during the pandemic.
Note that if you claim this credit, the IRS may request additional information, which could result in your refund being delayed.
Child Tax Credit: File if you have kids (and get more money this year)
Theis designed to benefit working families by allowing them to claim a refundable credit per qualifying child. Under the , the amount you can claim has gone up: Instead of the previous $2,000 per child, you can now claim $3,600 per child under age 6 and $3,000 for children over age 6. Money from the credit will be split, with half paid through your tax refund, and the other half paid monthly from July to December. ( .)
You can use this IRS tool to determine if your child or dependent will qualify for the credit. As with the Earned Income Tax Credit, claiming this credit may trigger a request for additional information, which could delay your refund.
Child Care Tax Credit: File if you need childcare
To make child care more affordable, the new stimulus bill provides a child-care tax credit for kids under age 13 — a total of up to $4,000 for one child, or $8,000 for two or more children. The credit is refundable, and available to families making less than $125,000 a year. Those making between $125,000 and $400,000 would receive a partial credit. Find out more from the IRS here.
Saver’s Credit: File if you contributed to our IRA or retirement plan
If you’ve made eligible contributions to an IRA or an employer-sponsored retirement plan, you might be able to claim a Saver’s Credit. To do this, you need to be age 18 or older, not be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return, and not be a student. The amount you can claim depends on your , and will be a portion of the contributions you made. The maximum credit you can claim is $1,000 (or $2,000 if you’re married filing jointly). The IRS has a chart to help you calculate your credit.
Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled: File if you’re over age 65 or have a disability
Those age 65 and over or who are retired on permanent and total disability who received taxable disability income for the year, and fall under a certain income limit, may be eligible for this tax credit ranging from $3,750 to $7,500. Use this IRS tool to find out if you qualify for the Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled.
Foreign Tax Credit: File if you paid taxes in another country
This one can get complicated, but generally, if you paid an income tax in another country or a US territory, you may be able to deduct it from your US tax return. The IRS breaks down all of the rules for the Foreign Tax Credit here.
If you’re wondering about the different tax deductions you may be eligible for, check out our story on why you may not be able to claim the home office deduction, even if you work remotely now. Plus, find out , and ., and
The editorial content on this page is based solely on objective, independent assessments by our writers and is not influenced by advertising or partnerships. It has not been provided or commissioned by any third party. However, we may receive compensation when you click on links to products or services offered by our partners.