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why did I owe this year

I am wondering why I owed 2021 taxes, usually i get a refund? Also on top of that i still have not received my refund and the web site says there is no record. So when i log into Turbo Tax to make sure its the right account number to deposit into I can not find it anywhere

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why did I owe this year

No one in this user forum can see your tax return or your screen.  There were major tax law changes that began with the 2018 tax year that seem to continue to surprise some people.  Personal exemptions of over $4000 per person were removed beginning with 2018 returns.


 Was something different for 2021?  Did you have less income due to the pandemic?  Did you receive unemployment compensation?  If so, did you have tax withheld from it?


There are a lot of variables that affect your refund or tax due including how much you earned, how much tax you had withheld, your filing status, the number of dependents you claim, your deductions and credits, etc.  You may have lost Earned Income Credit or the Child Tax Credit— did a child turn 18?  If you received the EIC last year, remember that changes in the amount you earn have a big effect on the amount of EIC you can get. (Sometimes earning more money means less EIC)  Are you 65 or older ?  If so, your standard deduction is higher. Everyone has a higher standard deduction now so it is harder to use itemized deductions.


If you received advance child tax credit payments between July and December—-remember that you received part of your refund in advance—-so the refund on your tax return can be less than you assumed it would be.



And of course, always check your own data entries, looking for errors such as misplaced decimals or extra zeros.




Print out 2020  and 2021 and compare them side by side to see what is different. 










Sometimes people get confused by the “summary” given by TurboTax and use the wrong amount for the federal refund.  Make sure you are only using the federal refund amount, and not an amount that combined your federal and state refunds.  


Your federal refund amount is on line 35a of your Form 1040




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