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6 Ways to Boost Your Tax Refund

Updated: Aug 7, 2023

If you have earned some money this year and will be filing a tax return, hopefully, you are working towards the maximum tax return allowed. It can sometimes be tricky; we all know that the past few years have been difficult for taxpayers. The economy has been struggling, and people need jobs and income. Knowing that you can keep as much of your money as possible by filling out your tax return is essential.


1. Embrace tax deductions


You can save a lot of money on taxes by taking deductions. You can deduct various expenses, such as travel, home office, medical, and others. It is beneficial, especially if you owe more money than you expected. Put everything you will be able to deduct toward your tax return. It pays off to save money by working on your tax return.



2. Make use of your retirement accounts


The government allows you to contribute to a 401(k), 403(b), Traditional IRA, or Roth IRA to lower your taxable income. It is a great way to reduce how much money you owe in taxes or increase how much money you get back from your return. However, it is essential to know that you can only do this three times per year. When you are filling out your tax return, you should look at all your retirement accounts carefully.


3. Use available credits


Some credits can be used if you don't owe any money after all your deductions, exemptions, and tax breaks have been applied. These include the Child Tax Credit, the Additional Child Tax Credit, the Earned Income Tax Credit, and the Making Work Pay Tax Credit. Those who qualify for credit over their tax liability will receive a refund instead.



4. Check out how you can use your old W-4 forms


If you have previously worked for an employer, that employer may have taken too much out of your paycheck as taxes. If so, you may be eligible to change your W-4 form with your new employer. You will get the maximum possible refund that you could receive.


5. Consider other use of funds


If you have any spare cash, use it to pay down a credit card or some other debt. If you can maximize your tax refund and pay off extra debt, you will be in an even better position next year and need not worry about getting caught up on your taxes again. Need some extra spending money? This site pays up to $25 per survey.


6. Maximize contributions


If you have an IRA, 401(k), or another retirement account available to you, it is recommended that you maximize these accounts annually. It will protect more of your income from taxes and ensure you get the maximum benefit from them.


Try using these tips to maximize your tax refund this year. Getting the maximum return allowed takes a little time and effort. Ensure you follow all of the rules regarding deductions and credits to receive a check from the government instead of having to pay them. It's always good to save the maximum amount that you can.

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