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How to Maximize your Refund:

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC): The Earned Income Tax Credit, EITC or EIC, is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file. EITC reduces the amount of tax you owe and may give you a refund. –IRS.gov. Meaning a bigger refund for you!

The maximum amount of credit for Tax Year 2019 is:

  • $6,557 with three or more qualifying children
  • $5,828 with two qualifying children
  • $3,526 with one qualifying child
  • $529 with no qualifying children

    Need help figuring out if you qualify for EITC for the 2018-2019 tax year? Check out the IRS EITC Assistant! English | Español
Tax Deductions
Many deductions exist that you may not be aware of, and several of them are pretty commonly overlooked. The deductions you qualify for can make a significant difference on your tax refund.-IRS.gov These include: State Sales Tax, Out-of-Pocket Charitable Contributions (In kind donations, ect.), Student Loan Interest, Child & Dependent care, Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), State Income Tax Paid on Last Years Return, Certain Jury Duty Fees, Medical Miles, and Charity Miles
Maximize IRA and HSA Contributions
You have until the April 15 filing deadline (unless it’s delayed due to a weekend or holiday) to open or contribute to a traditional IRA for the previous tax year. That means you can make a contribution that counts for your 2019 return by April 15, 2020. That gives you the flexibility of claiming the credit on your return, filing early and using your refund to open the account.Intuit.TurboTax
Get to Know Your Tax Credits
If you’re a college student or supporting a child in college, you may be eligible to claim valuable education credits.

The American Opportunity Credit is refundable up to $1,000. This means you could receive as much as $1,000, even if you don’t have a tax bill. The total credit is $2,500 and applies only to funds paid towards the first four years of qualified undergraduate higher education expenses.

If you’re in graduate school or beyond, you may be eligible for the Lifetime Learning Credit. For 2019, you can claim 20% of your qualified costs up to $10,000, or a maximum of $2,000, depending on your income

Tax credits for energy-saving home improvements can also keep more money in your wallet throughout the year and at tax time.

The credit for 2019 is up to 30% of the cost of certain qualified energy expenditures. After 2019, reduced percentages apply for 2020 and 2021. That means if you installed solar panels at a cost of $20,000, your total credit is $6,000 in 2019.

Any portion unused in 2019 carries over to 2020.

That carryover doesn’t apply to the credit for electric vehicles, but the IRS is still offering up to $7,500 per qualifying vehicle for 2019, subject to manufacturer sales limits. The credit begins to phase out once each manufacturer has sold more than 200,000 qualifying vehicles.-Intuit.TurboTax