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Requirements to receive up to $2,000 for the Saver’s Tax Credit: who can request it?

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The IRS is rolling up its sleeves to process 2023 tax returns with tax season kicking off 29 January this year. American taxpayers before submitting there filings should take a minute to check out the multiple tax credits that are available to them.

One of these that is overlooked by many is the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit, otherwise known as the Saver’s Credit. This is related to retirement accounts such as the 401(k) and the Roth plans.

This provision helps taxpayers who have moderate incomes to contribute to their retirement plans. In this case, they can deduct up to $2,000 from their tax liability for the year while at the same time building their nest egg.

The requirements to qualify for the credit

According to the IRS, the taxpayer who requests the Savers Tax Credit must:

  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Not be considered as a dependent in the tax declaration of another person
  • not be a students on eligible expenses.

A person is considered a student if:

  • Was enrolled for a full course in an educational center,
  • Completed a full-time training course that took place on a farm offered by a school, state, county, or local government agency.

How much can you receive?

Depending on your adjusted gross income reported on your Form 1040 series return, the amount of the credit is 50%, 20% or 10% of your retirement plan. Therefore, $1,000 is the most that can be received unless you are filing jointly. $2,000 is the most that can be received for joint filers.

Refundable or non-refundable credits

The Saver’s Credit is a non-refundable credit, which means that it will reduce your tax liability dollar for dollar but anything in excess of what you owe will not be added to your refund, if any.

On the other hand, any amount that you can claim from a refundable tax credit that exceeds your tax liability will get added onto your refund if you have one coming. Some credits are only partially refundable, which means that one part is refundable while the other is not.

Valuable refundable tax credits for taxpayers

While the Saver’s Credit is non-refundable, there are some very valuable refundable tax credits that Americans may qualify for that could be worth thousands of dollars. The following two can both be claimed together.

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

EITC recipients can receive up to $7,430 on their 2023 tax returns. However, the exact amount will depend on the situation of each family or individual applying, such as the number of children one has or annual income.

Child Tax Credit (CTC)

The current state of what the Child Tax Credit for the 2023 tax year is in limbo as Congress works out a new expansion of this provision. The credit was greatly expanded in 2021, but only for one year. It’s worth noting that those who could’ve claimed it but still haven’t might possibly still be able to. Qualifying taxpayers have up to three years to claim a tax refund that they never received. However, below are the current provisions of the credit.

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