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bkelly224
Level 1

Why am I getting less back this year if I made more than the year prior

I worked part time in 2018 and got almost $6000. I worked full time in2019 and I’m only getting $5000 . Why am I getting less? I claim one child and head of household
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VolvoGirl
Level 15

Why am I getting less back this year if I made more than the year prior

Usually more income = more tax and less refund.  That's common.  And the IRS changed the withholding tables so you had less withholding taken out.  

bkelly224
Level 1

Why am I getting less back this year if I made more than the year prior

Thank you. 

JamesG1
Employee Tax Expert

Why am I getting less back this year if I made more than the year prior

If you are concerned because your refund is lower than what you expected, here are the most common reasons. 

  • Tax withholding was less than the previous year after a change of jobs or a change of payroll companies at the same job.
  • Tax withholding was less than the previous year after the change in the withholding tables under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
  • Income increase computes your tax from a higher tax bracket.
  • Income increase or decrease affects a tax credit or deduction.
  • A change in number of dependents.
  • The age or income of a dependent affects a tax credit or deduction.
  • Not qualifying for a tax credit.
  • Self-employment income generates a self-employment tax as well as income taxes.
  • Have you input all of your tax documents?  Many tax documents are not required to be issued until January 31. 

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