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How Parents Can Maximize Child Tax Credits and Deductions

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Parents, listen up. 

The new Tax Reform Law, passed in December 2018, is going to mean some changes when you file this year.  Don't panic, just yet. 

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TheStreet partnered with TurboTax, the nation's premiere tax expert, for an hour long conversation. Our Tracy Byrnes was joined by TurboTax Expert  Lisa Greene-Lewis.

Among other things, they discussed what changes are in store for families. The big change centers around the child tax credits and deductions. 

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Tax Credit Changes:

  • The credit increases from $1,000 to $2,000, if your child is 17 years old or younger
  • The income levels when the credit phases out are $400,000 for joint filers
  • That level is $200,000 for others
  • Dependents who are not your child receive a $500 tax credit (a social security number is required to receive this credit)

According to Greene-Lewis, this new dependent credit can be applied for someone who doesn't qualify as a child. It can also be used for any relatives that you support or even a friend or a boy/girlfriend. That is, 'if' you are supporting them and it meets the dependency rules.

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