This credit specifically helps out older individuals; although, as the title suggests, permanently disabled individuals can also benefit.
• Briefly outlines the credit for the elderly or disabled.
• Describes the eligible candidates for this tax credit
• Suggests tax deductions not dependent on income
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This nonrefundable credit is designed to benefit low-income, older individuals, or individuals whose ability to earn income is severely affected by a permanent disability.
The most that can be claimed as part of this tax credit is $1,125. However, the final amount depends on your income.
Who is eligible to claim this credit?
Individuals who are U.S. citizens and either older than 65 or disabled may be entitled to this credit.
Your eligibility is based upon your income, reduced by any social security and disability benefits. The amount you can earn and still be eligible for this credit is very little, so few people can actually claim it.
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Related IRS publications
You can get more information about the credit for the elderly or the disabled directly from the IRS, in the form of Publication 524.
For further tax information for the disabled, consult Publication 554. If you are filing a paper return, you will also need to include Schedule R with your 1040 form. (If you file online, this will be taken care of for you automatically.)
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