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What is the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit? Can I Claim it?

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Yet another case where NOT making much money actually pays off. If your income is below the follow adjusted gross income (AGI) levels for the 2011 and 2012 tax year, you may be eligible for the Retirement Savings Contribution Credit (The Saver’s Credit) on your tax return. That’s right, not a deduction, but a Credit, just for saving money. Here are the income limits to quality.

To qualify for the Saver’s Credit in 2013:

The AGI (adjusted gross income) limit for the saver’s credit is:

  • $59,000 for married couples filing jointly
  • $44,250 for heads of household
  • $29,500 for married individuals filing separately and for singles

To qualify for the Saver’s Credit in 2014:

The AGI (adjusted gross income) limit for the saver’s credit is:

  • $60,000 for married couples filing jointly
  • $45,000 for heads of household
  • $30,000 for married individuals filing separately and for singles

Check out the full update here.

Am I Eligible for the Retirement Savings Contribution Credit?

retirement savings contribution creditIf you are below the previously mentioned income thresholds, you simply need to make eligible contributions to an employer-sponsored retirement plan or to an individual retirement arrangement (IRA). The amount of the saver’s credit you can get is based on the contributions you make and your credit rate (which depends on your income level).

How Much is the Credit Worth?

If you are eligible for the credit, your credit rate can be as low as 10% or as high as 50%, depending on your adjusted gross income. The lower your income is, the higher the credit rate.

Your credit rate also depends on your filing status. The maximum credit anyone could receive is 50% on a $2,000 contribution (for $1,000), but your total may vary. To figure out exactly how much you can make, use IRS Form 8880, also known as the Credit for Retirement Savings Contributions.

How Can I Claim the Retirement Savings Contribution Credit?

Once you’ve filled out Form 8880, enter the amount of the credit on Form 1040 (PDF), or on Form 1040A (PDF). You cannot use Form 1040EZ to claim this credit. If you’re looking for further information, you can also check out Chapter 5 of IRS Publication 590, Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), for more information.

One last thing – if you are a full-time student for 5 months out of the calendar year, you are not eligible for the credit.

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