BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- A federal income tax credit of up to $2,000 may be overlooked by most Americans with retirement plans who can take advantage of it.The Saver's Credit is designed as an incentive for low- to middle-income workers to save for retirement. But, according to the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies, very few workers who may be eligible may even know it exists.
|Even though it was introduced a decade ago, only 12% of full-time workers who could benefit know of the Saver's Credit, a survey shows.|
The credit is available to workers who have contributed to a company-sponsored retirement plan or IRA in the past year. Single filers with an adjusted income of up to $27,750 last year or $28,250 this year are eligible. For the head of a household, the adjusted income limit is $41,625 last year and $42,375 this year. For those who are married and file a joint return, the adjusted income limit is $55,500 last year or $56,500 this year. The filer cannot be a full-time student or be claimed as a dependent on another person's tax return. If you are using tax preparation software to prepare your tax return, use Form 1040A, Form 1040 or Form 1040NR. If prompted, be sure to answer all questions about the Saver's Credit, Retirement Savings Contributions Credit and Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions. If you are preparing your tax returns manually, complete Form 8880, the Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions, to determine the exact credit rate and amount. Then transfer the amount to the designated line on Form 1040A, Form 1040 or 1040NR. -- Written by Joe Mont in Boston. >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Joe Mont. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to http://twitter.com/josephmont. >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.