What is saver’s tax credit and who can apply?

Low and middle income taxpayers that contribute to a retirement account may be eligible.

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It could grant you access to a non-refundable benefit between 10%-50%.

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No tax liability

To encourage building a retirement savings, the government offers low and middle income taxpayers a tax credit. The credit is up to $1,000 for individual filers and $2,000 for joint filers. Find additional details here.

This tax credit is different than a tax deduction. Tax deductions reduce the amount of your income that is subject to tax. A tax credit reduces the actual money owed on the tax bill. This can lead to zero tax liability for the taxpayer.

The credit can be claimed by any taxpayer that makes salaried contributions to:

  • 401(k)
  • 403(b)
  • SEP
  • company-sponsored governmental 457 plan
  • IRA
  • Roth IRA

In order to claim the credit the taxpayer must:

  • be 18 years old at the end of the tax year
  • not a full-time student
  • not claimed as a dependent on another taxpayer’s return

However, the amount of the credit depends on the taxpayers adjusted gross income (AGI) and amount of contributions.

The saver’s tax credit rate is:

  • 50% for households with total AGI of $41,000 or less and for individuals with AGI of $20,500 or less
  • 20% for households with total AGI of $41,001 to $44,000 or for individuals with AGI of $20,501 to $22,000
  • 10% for households with AGI of $44,001 to $68,000 or for individuals with AGI of $22,001 to $34,000

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