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Take Credit for Your Retirement With the Saver’s Credit

Did you know that saving for your retirement can make you eligible for a tax credit worth up to $2,000? If you contribute to an employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k) or to an IRA, you may be eligible for the Saver’s Credit. But what is the Saver’s Credit? How do you know if you’re eligible? And how much can you save?

Read on to learn everything you need to know about the Saver’s Credit.

What is the Saver’s Credit?

The Saver’s Credit, formally known as the Retirement Savings Contribution Credit, rewards taxpayers for saving for their retirement.

How much is it worth?

How much you save depends on several factors, including your income, your filing status, and how much you contributed to your retirement fund. Depending on these factors, the credit is worth either 50%, 20%, or 10% of your contributions.

View the chart below to find out how much you could save in the 2019 tax year:

Credit RateMarried Filing JointlyHead of HouseholdAll Other Filers*
50% of your contribution$38,500 or less$28,875 or less$19,250 or less
20% of your contribution$38,501 – $41,500$28,876 – $31,125$19,251 – $20,750
10% of your contribution$41,501 – $64,000$31,126 – $48,000$20,751 – $32,000
0% of your contributionmore than $64,000>$48,000more than $32,000

The maximum contribution that may qualify for the credit is $2,000 ($4,000 if married and filing jointly). As such, the maximum credit is 50% of that — $1000 for individual taxpayers, and $2000 for married couples filing jointly.

Are you eligible for the Saver’s Credit?

To qualify for the Saver’s Credit, you must be:

  • 18 years old or older.
  • Not currently a full-time student.
  • Not claimed as a dependent on another person’s return.

Your filing status and income also affect your eligibility. If you’re a head of household making more than $48,000, or a single taxpayer making more than $32,000, you are ineligible for this credit.

Also, in order to qualify, you must contribute to a qualifying retirement plan by the day your tax return is due (usually April 15).

How do you claim the Saver’s Credit?

To claim the Saver’s Credit, fill out IRS Form 8880, Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions. Be sure to attach the form to your federal tax return. If you’re using tax preparation software to streamline the process, the software will walk you through this step and attach the form for you.

Are there any other benefits for contributing to a retirement plan?

Depending on your income, you may be eligible for other tax benefits if you contribute to a retirement plan. For example, you may be able to deduct all or part of your contributions to a traditional IRA. Click here to read more details on deducting your IRA contributions.

Getting started

Paying taxes is never fun. That’s why it’s important to claim every credit and deduction that you can: to avoid paying any more than you have to.

Need help combing through your tax return for credits and deductions? The right tax preparation company can help. They’ll make sure you claim every credit that you’re eligible for so that you can get the most out of your tax season.

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