“Saving for retirement can be difficult in the best of times, but even harder for many during the pandemic and challenging economy,” said
What Is the Saver’s Credit?
The Saver’s Credit is a non-refundable tax credit that may be applied up to the first
“On top of the tax-advantaged treatment of saving for retirement in a 401(k), 403(b) or IRA, the Saver’s Credit is an additional benefit that may reduce a worker’s federal taxes. Many eligible retirement savers could be confusing these two incentives, simply because the idea of a double tax benefit sounds too good to be true,” said Collinson.
Who Can Claim the Saver’s Credit?
The credit is available to workers ages 18 years or older who have contributed to a 401(k), 403(b) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan, a traditional or Roth IRA, or an ABLE account in the past year and meet the Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) requirements:
- Single tax filers: maximum AGI of
$32,500in 2020 and $33,000in 2021 are eligible;
- Heads of households: maximum AGI of
$48,750in 2020 and $49,500in 2021; and,
- Married filing jointly: a maximum AGI of
$65,000in 2020 and $66,000in 2021.
Additionally, the filer cannot be a full-time student and cannot be claimed as a dependent on another person’s tax return. For more details about eligibility, refer to this fact sheet. The
Tips for Claiming the Saver’s Credit:
- If you are using an online tax preparation tool to prepare your tax return, including those offered through the
IRS Free Fileprogram, be sure to answer questions about the Saver’s Credit, also referred to as the Retirement Savings Contributions Credit, or Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions.
- If you are preparing your tax return manually, complete Form 8880, Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions, to determine your exact credit rate and amount. Then transfer the amount to the designated line on Schedule 3. Information from Schedule 3 then gets used on Forms 1040, 1040-SR, and Form 1040-NR.
- If you are using a professional tax preparer, be sure to ask about the Saver’s Credit.
- If you receive a refund, consider directly depositing it into an IRA to boost your retirement savings.
Another potentially overlooked opportunity is the
“Please help spread the word about the Saver’s Credit by telling family, friends, and colleagues. It may meaningfully impact an individual’s long-term savings, and even inspire non-savers to start saving for retirement,” said Collinson. Individuals who are eligible but did not save last year can still contribute to an IRA until
TCRS has created fact sheets, infographics, and newsletter articles – in English and Spanish – that are available and encouraged for public use at www.transamericacenter.org/saverscredit. More information can also be found at www.irs.gov.
About the 20th Annual
This online survey was conducted within the
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