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New Things You Should Consider as You Get Ready to File Taxes for the 2020 Tax Year

By Tim Larsen, CPA

As you get ready to file your federal tax return there are new things to consider when it comes to which credits to claim and what deductions to take. These things can affect the size of any refund you may receive.

Here are some new key things you should consider when filing your 2020 tax return.

Recovery rebate credit

You may be able to claim the recovery rebate credit if you met the eligibility requirements in 2020 and one of the following applies to you:
•  You didn’t receive an Economic Impact Payment in 2020.
•  You are single and your payment was less than $1,200.
•  You are married, filed jointly for 2018 or 2019 and your payment was less than $2,400.
•  You didn’t receive $500 for each qualifying child.

Refund interest payment

If you received a federal tax refund in 2020 may have been paid interest. The IRS sent interest payments to individual taxpayers who timely filed their 2019 federal income tax returns and received refunds. Most interest payments were received separately from tax refunds. Interest payments are taxable and must be reported on 2020 federal income tax returns. In January 2021, the IRS will send a Form 1099-INT, Interest Income, to anyone who received interest of at least $10.

New charitable deduction allowance

New this year, taxpayers who don’t itemize deductions can take a charitable deduction of up to $300 for cash contributions made in 2020 to qualifying organizations. For more information, you should review Publication 526, Charitable Contributions at

Other refund-related reminders

   •  Taxpayers shouldn’t rely on receiving a refund by a certain date, especially when making major purchases or paying bills. Some tax returns may require additional review and processing may take longer.
•  Refunds for taxpayers claiming the earned income tax credit or additional child tax credit can’t be issued before mid-February. This applies to the entire refund, not just the portion associated with this credit.
•  The fastest and most secure way to receive a refund is to combine direct deposit with electronic filing.  You can track the status of their refund using the Where’s My Refund? Tool at