While looking at my 1040 for this year, and my 1040-x for the last two years I’m amending to add my 1098–T to, it is adding the non-refundable amount of the credit back into my refund. For 2017, I put it in and got the max credit and should only being getting $1,000 back since that is the maximum refundable amount, but it’s saying that I’ll get back the full $2,500. Am I not understanding or is the math wrong in the software?
For 2017 you have already paid those taxes.
- So what happens here is that the non-refundable amount of the credit ($1,500)
- Frees up money that you have already paid in. (as long as you had a tax bill of at least $1,500)
- This money gets refunded to you along with the $1,000 refundable credit.
- Please note that if your original tax bill was only $600 you would now be getting that $600 plus the $1,000 refundable credit back.
Hope this clears it up a little.
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