How can my refund be more than the federal withholding on my W-2?

This usually happens when some credits you receive are refundable.

Examples of refundable tax credits include:

  • Earned Income Credit (EIC)
  • Additional child tax credit
  • Part of the American Opportunity Credit -- Form 8863
  • Net Premium Tax Credit

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So how much will you get (or owe) this year? That’s the million-dollar question. We happen to have three very useful calculators to help you estimate your refund or balance due.

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