Contributing your income to a retirement program is adjustable in AGI and will reduce the net amount of tax payable. You can take on a 401(k) or any other retirement plan offered by your company and your wages will be reduced automatically.
A list of other items is provided by the tax collection department which can be deducted from your gross income to reduce it. You need to qualify for these conditions if you have to avail these options or otherwise, you will be held guilty of misleading the authorities. The list of such adjustable expenses is as following:
- Classroom expenses
- IRA deduction
- Moving expense
- Qualified performing artists and other professions
- Self-employment tax deduction
- SEP deduction
- Self-employment health insurance
- Student loan interest
- Tuition and fee deduction
- Health savings account deduction
- Early withdrawal penalty
- Alimony paid
- Domestic Production Activities Deduction
You can find this list of adjustable expenses on Form 1040 and use them effectively to reduce your AGI.
The 2009 tax reforms have introduced credit for first time home buyers and this sum of money is refundable on the tax return. You can purchase a new house if you don’t have one before and can avail the benefit from this amazing offer. Just keep in mind that you have to retain your house for several years and cannot sale it before claiming all the benefit.
If you have a mortgage on your house, the amount of interest you have to pay to the bank is also adjustable in AGI. The real estate taxes paid to the county also fall in the same category and you can deduct them from your gross income before paying the tax.
There are several tax credit options available, like buying a new hybrid car or truck, Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax credit. Avail as many options of tax credit as possible.