Certain taxpayers are eligible for a tax credit

If your adjusted gross income is less than $50,000, you may be eligible for a nonrefundable credit against your income tax for elective contributions you make to §401 (k) plans,

§403(b) annuities, §457 plans, SIMPLE or simplified employee pension (SEP) plans, traditional or Roth IRAs, and voluntary after-tax employee contributions to a qualified retirement plan or a 403(b) annuity.

The amount of your credit can be as much as 50%, 20%, or 10% of your contribution depending upon your filing status and modified adjusted gross income, giving you a maximum annual credit of $1,000 ($2,000 if married filing jointly).

This credit was due to expire at the end of 2006; however, recently enacted legislation made this credit permanent. After 2006, the adjusted gross income limits will be indexed for inflation, making more taxpayers eligible for the credit.

Tax Tips Small Business

  • Starting Your Own Business?

    Here are a few quick tips to help you reduce taxes

    Open a separate business checking account. Many small business owners don't realize the complications that can arise from using their personal checking account to pay for business expenses. If business expenses are mixed in with personal expenses, the IRS may disallow them.

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Small Business Quick Tip

  • Business Mileage Rate 2

    The optional standard mileage rate for the business use of an automobile is 54 cents per mile in 2016.
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Tax Tips Personal

  • Converting a Traditional IRA to a Roth?

    You may want to wait

    At some point, taxpayers who have a traditional IRA may wish to convert it to a Roth. Roth IRAs are more flexible in that there are no required minimum distributions when the owner reaches age 70 1/2. In addition, qualified distributions from a Roth IRA are not taxable.

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Personal Quick Tip

  • Combat Pay

    Military personnel may elect to treat combat pay that is excluded from gross income as earned income in determining both eligibility for the earned income tax credit and the amount of that credit.