How To Get The Most Money Back On Your Tax Return

Posted on by LBS Tax

Tax season in Chandler is here, and many are anxious to file their returns and receive a refund in the mail. In general, the bigger the refund is, the better. Fortunately, there are simple ways to ensure that you get the highest refund possible. Take advantage of them today.

Hire An Accountant

One way to increase the amount of your refund is to hire an accountant. A good accountant has an understanding of tax laws and codes that you do not. With their help, they can use the
laws in your favor. Furthermore, accountants are also more detail oriented. They rarely miss small details that pertain to your return and will get you more money.

Claim All Deductions

Next, it is important to claim all of the deductions you qualify for on your return. It is common to overlook certain deductions that could increase your return. Before you file, make sure you have properly allocated expenses incurred from the following:

  • Dues or fees to professional societies
  • Educator expenses
  • Job search expenses
  • Charitable donations
  • Travel expenses
  • Relocation costs
  • Health and dental care expenses
  • Self employed deductions

These are a few examples of additional areas that can be written off during tax season. However, there are others. If you feel like you are missing something, contact an accountant for help.

Claim Credits

In addition to these common deductions, it is important to claim any of the following credits that you may be eligible for.

  • Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Education Tax Credit
  • Child and Dependent Care Credit

The eligibility requirements for each of these credits vary. However, if you do qualify, these credits can reduce the total amount of income tax you are required to pay.

Itemize

Some taxpayers also benefit from itemizing their return. In general, you should itemize if your total deductions are greater than the standard deduction you can claim. For this reason, it is common to itemize for the following reasons:

  • You paid interest and taxes on your home.
  • You incurred large medical and dental expenses.
  • You had high business expenses that your company did not reimburse.
  • You experienced uninsured loses.
  • You paid charitable contributions.

Each of these areas has limitations; however, when they are properly allocated, you can increase the amount of your refund. An accountant can help ensure that you itemize properly.

Remember, that the IRS has rules and regulations that influence the amount of your return. However, it is completely acceptable to maximize your refund when you follow their guidelines and take advantage of these suggestions.

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