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Child Tax Credit ?

This is what TurboTax tells me....

With 2 qualifying children and a Married Filing Jointly filing status, your modified adjusted gross income must be less than $150,000 in order to qualify for this credit. Since your $151,344 of modified adjusted gross income is over this limit, you don't qualify.

So, my question is....Can I make a IRA or 401k contribution of  $1345, and then get a $2000 additional federal tax refund because I have 2 kids ? Or is there another way to decrease my modified adjusted gross income, to earn child credit ?

Thanks for any or all answers, Kenny
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Child Tax Credit ?

No, it doesn't work that way at all.  The amount of the credit declines with each $1,000 of your income, so at even a close amount to the income limits, your credit would be small.

This also is not a refundable credit, meaning it does not directly increase your refund.  Rather, it is a subtraction from your taxable income, so what you save is the amount of tax you would have owed on that amount of income.

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