3 Ways to Enhance Your 2021 Tax Return

  1. Contribute to a traditional IRA (up to $6,000; additional $1,000 if you’re 50 or older).1
  2. Itemize deductions if they are more than the 2021 standard deduction of $12,550 ($12,400 in 2020) for singles, $18,800 for heads of household ($18,650 in 2020), and $25,100 for those married filing jointly ($24,800 for 2020).2
  3. Itemized deductions you may include:3
    • Interest on a mortgage up to $750,000
    • Charitable donations worth up to 60% of your adjusted gross income
    • The portion of medical and dental expenses that exceed 7.5% of adjusted gross income
    • Combined state and local sales, income and property taxes, capped at $10,000
    • Casualty and theft losses attributed to a declared federal disaster
    • Deduct up to $2,500 in interest paid on student loans4
    • If you have a high deductible health care plan, deduct Health Savings Account (HSA) contributions up to $3,600 ($7,200 for family coverage; extra $1,000 if age 55 or older), up from $3,550 and $7,100, respectively, in 2020 5

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1 Jean Folger. Investopedia. Dec. 10, 2020. “Roth and Traditional IRA Contribution Limits for 2021.” Accessed Jan. 6, 2021.

2 Mark P. Cussen. Investopedia. Dec. 17, 2020. “An Overview of Itemized Deductions.” Accessed Jan. 6, 2021.

3 Ibid.

4 Ibid.

5 Darla Mercado. CNBC. May 20, 2020. “IRS will allow people to put away more money in health savings accounts.” Accessed Jan. 6, 2021.

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