The Savers Tax Credit–you might be eligible

The Savers Credit gives a special tax break to low- and moderate-income taxpayers who are saving for retirement.

Few people take advantage of this tax break because they don’t know about it. See if you are qualified. If you are, it can reduce your tax bill.

Eligibility

To claim the Savers Credit, you must be:

  • Over 18
  • Not a full-time student
  • Not a dependent on someone else’s taxes

The amount of the credit you can receive depends on your adjusted gross income (AGI). The credit can be 50%, 20%, or 10% of your retirement plan or IRA, up to $2,000 if filing single or $4,000 if married and filing jointly.

For 2018, the adjusted gross income (AGI) eligibility requirements for the Savers Credit are:

Percent of your retirement savings contribution that qualifies for the Savers Credit Married filing jointly AGI Head of Household AGI Single filing AGI

50%

$38,000 $28,500 $19,000

20%

$38,001 – $41,000 $28,501 – $30,750 $19,001 – $20,500

10%

$41,001 – $63,000 $30,751 – $47,250 $20,501 – $31,500

 

Claiming the credit

To claim the credit, use Form 8880