Many taxpayers are eligible for the Making Work Pay tax credit on their 2010 tax returns. This credit is based on your earned income for 2010. When filing your taxes, it is important to consider several factors to be sure that you receive the total portion of the credit for which you are eligible.
The credit is available for up to $400 for individual taxpayers, and up to $800 for taxpayers who are married filing jointly. This IRS tax credit is refundable. Many workers have already seen the benefit of the Making Work Pay tax credit in their paychecks, which is reflected in lower federal employee tax withholdings.
Taxpayers whose adjusted gross income in 2010 was over $95,000 as an individual or $190,000 married filing jointly are not eligible for the credit. Furthermore, taxpayers who can be claimed on someone else’s return as a dependent cannot claim the credit. Also, taxpayers who are nonresident aliens or do not have a social security number cannot claim the credit.
How you file for the Making Work Pay tax credit depends on which form you file for your federal income tax return. If you file a 1040 or 1040A, you will claim the credit on Schedule M. By using Schedule M, you will be able to determine whether you have already received the full benefit of the credit through the abovementioned deductions of federal withholdings from your paycheck. If not, you may be due the full amount or a portion of the amount.
If you file using 1040-EZ, use Line 8 which is on the back of the form. You will also be able to determine whether you have already received the full benefit of the credit through lowered federal deductions on your paychecks and to figure the remaining amount due. It may be beneficial to get tax help to correctly claim the credit.