5 tips to boost your tax refund

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Expert tips to possibly increase your tax return

For some, tax season is even better than the holidays. Instead of spending money on gifts and family gatherings, you may be looking forward to getting a sudden boost to your bank account from your tax refund. And everyone likes to see their bank account balances increase, right? Here are five tips that could potentially increase the amount of money you get back this year. Spoiler alert: These tax tips are even more magical than Santa’s sleigh.

1. File your taxes for free

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2. Invest in yourself

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3. Pay off your debt

Owing money to the IRS can put a real damper on tax season, If you do owe money, consider paying off any outstanding debts. Though this may mean you end up paying more on your taxes this year, it could be good for you in the following years and may reduce or eliminate accruing interest. You may also choose to work with a specialist or tax professional who can help you manage any debt owed to the IRS.

4. Maximize your retirement contributions

You may be able to increase your tax refund by maximizing your retirement contributions through a pre-tax 401k or traditional IRA. These types of contributions lower your taxable income, which means you could pay less in taxes today. You’re able to make contributions for the previous year through April 15. So if you haven’t filed last year’s taxes yet, you may still have time.

5. Evaluate your filing status

Regardless of whether you’re single or married, you should consider your filing status. This may have a significant impact on your tax refund. Although many married couples choose to file jointly, there may be situations where filing separately is a better option.

For example, if you own a business and file as an individual, you may be eligible for credits or a refund based on your business expenses. It may also make sense to incorporate your side business to take advantage of additional deductions. You should always consult a tax professional to best evaluate all of your filing options.

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