Tax Credit for Retirement Contributions

YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR A TAX CREDIT IF YOU CONTRIBUTE TO THE RIT RETIREMENT PLAN!

As we enter tax season, most of us are thinking of ways to lower our income taxes. You probably already know that making before-tax retirement plan contributions can save you money on taxes by lowering your taxable income. But did you know that some people may be able to pay even less federal income tax by taking advantage of the "Saver's Credit?"

The "Saver's Credit" is a tax credit that could reduce the federal income tax you pay dollar-for-dollar. The amount of the credit is based on the contributions you make to the RIT Basic and Voluntary Retirement Plan (the "Plan") or an individual retirement arrangement ("IRA") and your adjusted gross income. If you qualify, your tax credit rate can be as low as 10% or as high as 50%, depending on your adjusted gross income -- the lower your income, the higher the credit rate. The credit rate also depends on your filing status. See the tables below to determine your potential credit rate.

The maximum contribution taken into account for the credit for an individual is $2,000. If you are married filing jointly, the maximum contribution taken into account for the credit is $2,000 each for you and your spouse. The Saver's Credit is a "nonrefundable credit," meaning the amount of your Saver's Credit in any year cannot exceed the amount of tax that you would otherwise pay.

 

Credit Rates

If your income tax filing status is "married filing joint" and:

$0 - $30,000
50% of contribution
 
 
$30,001 - $32,500
20% of contribution
 
 
$32,501 - $50,000
10% of contribution
 
 
Over $50,000
credit not available
 
 

 

If your income tax filing status is "head of household" and:

$0 - $22,500
50% of contribution
 
 
$22,501 - $24,375
20% of contribution
 
 
$24,376 - $37,500
10% of contribution
 
 
Over $37,500
credit not available
 
 

 

If your income tax filing status is "single," "married filing separate," or "qualifying widow(er)" and:

$0 - $15,000
50% of contribution
 
 
$15,001 - $16,250
20% of contribution
 
 
$16,251 - $25,000
10% of contribution
 
 
Over $25,000
credit not available
 
 

 

To claim the tax credit, if you are eligible, complete and attach IRS Form 8880 ("Credit for Qualified Retirement Savings Contributions") to your federal income tax return (Form 1040 or 1040A). You can print this form and its instructions directly from the IRS website: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8880.pdf.

Since RIT cannot provide tax or legal advice, please consult with your tax preparer if you think you are eligible for the Saver's Credit. You may also direct your questions to the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-829-1040 (1-800-829-4059 TTY).