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Tax credits vs. Tax deductions

Tax credits vs. Tax deductions

When it comes to taxes, understanding the difference between tax credits and tax deductions can save you lots of confusion.

Tax Deduction: This reduces your taxable income. If you earn $50,000 and have $5,000 in deductions, you would be taxed on $45,000. The value of the deduction depends on your marginal tax rate (the highest threshold tax rate you will pay on your income). If your marginal rate is 20%, then a $5,000 deduction will save you $1,000 in tax.

Tax Credit: This directly reduces the amount of tax you owe, dollar for dollar. If you owe $3,000 in taxes and are eligible for a $1,000 tax credit, you would owe $2,000 after the credit.

Although tax credits are generally more valuable than tax deductions, qualifying these benefits can be complex and may vary depending on your specific tax situation. Always consult with a tax professional for advice tailored to your circumstances.

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