Internal Revenue Service United States Department of the Treasury
Level Basic Advanced Military International

Miscellaneous Credits Workout

Summary and Exercises


Retirement Savings Contributions Credit

Taxpayers who contributed to a retirement plan or an IRA may be eligible for the nonrefundable retirement savings contributions credit. Be sure to ask the taxpayer if IRA contributions were made. Carefully review the taxpayer's Form(s) W-2 for pre-tax retirement plan contributions and accurately input the amounts into the tax software. The software calculates the retirement savings credit based on the amount that is input. The amount of the credit is determined by filing status, adjusted gross income, and the taxpayer's qualified retirement contributions. Form 8880 is used to calculate the credit.

Credit for the Elderly or the Disabled

Elderly individuals, age 65 or older, and individuals under age 65 who retired on permanent and total disability may be able to claim a special nonrefundable credit if they are U.S. citizens or resident aliens. Few taxpayers qualify for this credit because most taxpayers' social security benefits exceed the income limits.

The Volunteer Resource Guide provides a flowchart for determining basic eligibility and a quick reference table of income and social security limits. Schedule R is used to calculate the credit.