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Video: What Are Tax Benefits?

Updated for Tax Year 2020 / August 24, 2021 12:14 PM


Tax benefits are things that save you money on taxes, like deductions or credits. Educate yourself about tax benefits with help from TurboTax in this video clip.

Video transcript:

Hello, I'm Jeremy from TurboTax with some information on various tax benefits.

You may often hear the term tax benefit and wonder what exactly this applies to. Well, not to worry, a tax benefit is just a term that refers to anything that saves you money in taxes, whether it is a federal income tax deduction or a reduction in your local property tax.

For the most part, a tax benefit usually refers to an income tax deduction, credit, exemption or exclusion since each type offers potential tax savings. What the term does not explain is the different ways that each one saves you money on taxes. For example, a deduction only reduces the amount of your income that is subject to income tax rates, whereas a credit will reduce the amount of tax you owe dollar for dollar, yet they are both considered tax benefits.

An exclusion is also considered a tax benefit even though the savings are not always calculated on your tax return. Though it is possible to calculate your tax savings by including the amount in your taxable income, essentially exclusions refer to certain types of income that government specifically allows you to exclude from taxable income. Sometimes, as is the case with the foreign earned income exclusion, you must include the income and then take it off later on the return.

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