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How to Qualify for the Additional Child Tax Credit

Posted by Robert Flanagan on February 1, 2017
Last modified: February 1, 2017

Feel like the coach of a small football team? The IRS gets it!

Whether you have just one on the way or five and counting, kids are expensive. That’s why you should take advantage of tax cuts whenever possible. In addition to claiming them as dependents, you may also qualify for some other credits. One that could end up benefiting you substantially is the Additional Child Tax Credit. Let’s see if this one is for you!

What is the Additional Child Tax Credit (VS. the Child Tax Credit)?

You’ve probably heard of the Child Tax Credit. I’ll sum it up for those of you who don’t (but also check out our other article which goes into more detail, “How to Claim the Child Tax Credit”). Basically, it is a credit that can reduce your tax liability up to $1,000 per qualifying child listed on your tax return. This credit is NON-refundable, meaning that it will reduce your tax liability to $0 but will never overflow into a refund for you.

Now that we’ve covered the Child Tax Credit, you’re probably wondering what the Additional Child Tax Credit is all about, right? This is the refundable credit that will fork over the difference that you weren’t able to claim from the Child Tax Credit.   

Let’s take a look at an example:

Cindy and Lou have three qualifying kids listed on their joint tax return. Their tax liability is $2,500. After applying their Child Tax Credit at $1,000 per child, they were able to get their tax liability down to $0. They then figured out that they qualified for the Additional Child Tax Credit. Cindy and Lou were able to claim that additional $500 as a tax refund!

Here’s the math:  $2,500 IRS tax liability – $3,000 total Child Tax Credit for three kids = – $500 (more…)

The 2011 Earned Income Tax Credit: What is it?

Posted by Robert Flanagan on November 23, 2011
Last modified: October 6, 2016

Before you file 2011 taxes, make sure you’re familiar with all the credits that could save you money.

Basically, the Earned Income Credit is a tax credit designed to put money in the pockets of moderate to low income individuals. It can reduce the amount of tax you owe and even give you a refund.

One of the ways you could potentially save money on your taxes is through the Earned Income Credit (EIC).

You may be eligible to take the 2011 Earned Income Credit if

  • You earn less than $43,998 ($49,078 if married) and have 3 or more children
  • You earn less than $40,964 ($46,044 if married) and have 2 children
  • You earn less than $36,052 ($41,132 if married) and have 1 child
  • You earn less than $13,660 ($18,740 if married) and have no children (more…)

Is The Federal Earned Income Tax Credit a Good Avenue for Stimulus Payments?

Posted by Robert Flanagan on August 24, 2009
Last modified: October 6, 2016

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was designed to get the economy moving again by getting people to spend money. It’s off to a slow start, because most of what the plan calls for is new spending: new infrastructure projects, new subsidies for alternative fuels, new educational stimulus money, and more local handouts. But there’s already a “stimulus” plan in place that can handle all that, and more! (more…)