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Answer a few simple questions about your life, income, and expenses, and our free tax refund estimator will give you an idea of how much you’ll get as a refund or owe the IRS this year.
Most Americans are required to pay federal income taxes, but the amount you owe depends on a few factors. We’ll use your information to estimate your filing status and taxable income, then answer the question, “How much will I get back in taxes?”
Next, we’ll dive a little deeper to see how much you’ve already paid in taxes this year—for many, this is the amount withheld from their paychecks by an employer—and then find any credits that could reduce the amount you owe.
Once we have an idea of what you owe and what you’ve paid, we’ll calculate the difference. If you’ve already paid more than what you owe in taxes this year, you’ll receive a refund from the IRS. If you paid less, you’ll owe a balance.
Our free tax calculator is a great way to learn about your tax situation and plan ahead. But we can also help you understand some of the key factors that affect your tax return estimate.
This amount, along with your filing status, tells us how much you owe the government in taxes. We determine your taxable income by taking your adjusted gross income minus your deductions (standard or itemized).
This is the total amount withheld from your paychecks and applied directly to your federal tax bill over the course of a year based on your W-4 allowances. We’ll ask you about this in our 2019 income tax calculator.