5 ways to get a bigger refund this year

Source: Barbara Weltman - US News

Knowing what you're entitled to write off on your tax return might seem complex and mysterious, but it doesn't have to be. This year, popular write-offs include deductions for alimony payments, moving expenses (if the move is related to a job relocation or self-employment) and IRA and health savings account contributions. Tax credits include the dependent care credit for child care costs (if you work), education costs (including tuition and fees), retirement contributions to IRAs or 401(k)s and the earned income tax credit for low-income tax payers. Student loan interest can be deducted up to $2,500 annually, and if you itemize deductions, mortgage interest and real estate taxes as well as state and local income taxes or sales taxes can be added to that list.

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