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Estimate your 2019 tax refund

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 when you file in 2020.

How does the tax return calculator work?

  1. Answer a few simple questions

    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?”

  2. Tell us about income & expenses

    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.

  3. See your 2019 tax refund estimate

    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, you’ll receive a refund from the IRS. If you paid less, you’ll owe a balance. Either way our calculator helps you plan for the 2020 tax season.

Brush up on the basics
with H&R Block

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 in 2020.

Taxable income

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).

Federal withholdings

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.

Credits & deductions

Deductions are used to lower your taxable income and tax rate, and determine how much you’ll owe. Tax credits, on the other hand, are subtracted from the amount you owe, meaning you’ll pay less or receive a larger refund.

Understanding tax brackets & tax rates

Your tax bracket is determined by your taxable income and filing status. When you use our tax calculator, we’ll ask you questions about these details to give you a better estimate of your refund or taxes due.

Standard deduction vs. itemized deductions

You may reduce taxable income by either claiming the standard deduction or itemize deductions. Our tax calculator will consider both as it determines your refund estimate or estimate of how much you may owe.