- A tax credit worth $1,000 reduces the amount of tax owed by $1,000–the same dollar amount.
- A tax deduction worth the same amount ($1,000) only saves you $330, however (0.22 x $1,000 = $220). As you can see, tax credits save you more money than tax deductions.
Tax Credits: Refundable vs. NonrefundableA refundable tax credit not only reduces the federal tax you owe but also could result in a refund if it more than you owe. Let’s say you are eligible to take a $1,000 Child Tax Credit but only owe $200 in taxes. The additional amount ($800) is treated as a refund to which you are entitled.A nonrefundable tax credit, on the other hand, means you get a refund only up to the amount you owe. For example, if you are eligible to take an American Opportunity Tax Credit worth $1,000 and the amount of tax owed is only $800, you can only reduce your taxable amount by $800–not the full $1,000. Refundable Tax Credits
- The Earned Income Tax Credit
- The Child and Dependent Care Credit
- The Saver’s Credit
- Adoption Tax Credit
- Foreign Tax Credit
- Mortgage Interest Tax Credit
- Residential Energy Property Credit
- Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled
- Child Tax Credit (tax years prior to 2018)
- Child Tax Credit (starting in 2018)
- American Opportunity Tax Credit
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