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Video: Tax Tips for a New Baby

Updated for Tax Year 2017 • December 9, 2022 01:00 PM


OVERVIEW

A new baby in the family can make your family eligible for specific tax breaks, including a dependent tax exemption. Retrieve a Social Security number for the new addition to your family before claiming these tax breaks with information from TurboTax in this video on annual tax filing.


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Note: This video is accurate for tax years prior to 2018. Beginning with the 2018 tax year, personal and dependent exemptions are no longer used on your federal tax return.


 

Video transcript:

Hello, I’m Victoria from TurboTax with important information for new parents.

The new addition to your family is likely to be one of the most joyous events in your life.

However, it may also be the most expensive. With the average cost of raising a child estimated to be $250,000, it's important that you take advantage of all tax saving benefits available to you.

The first thing you must do is contact your local Social Security Administration office to get your newborn a Social Security number. Before you can take any tax benefit, the IRS will require this. After receiving the baby's Social Security number, the easiest benefit you can take is a dependent exemption.

The dependent exemption reduces your taxable income in the same way as a tax deduction (for tax years prior to 2018).

You may also want to see if you are eligible to claim the Child Tax Credit. Depending on the year you file, the amount, and availability of this tax credit may vary.

Tax Credit reduces the amount of tax you owe on a dollar for dollar basis. For example, if at the end of the year your taxes are $5,000 and you have paid $5,000 through withholding, the IRS will send you the Child Tax Credit amount as a refund.

You should also consider setting up a 529 account for the baby's education. While the deposits you make into the account are not tax deductible in the current year, the balance in the account can earn income tax free as long as you only make withdrawals to pay for qualified education expenses.

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