April 25, 2024

HOL-Life: Part 4

Tax Benefits for a Growing Family

Tax benefits for a growing family can significantly ease financial burdens. These benefits often include child tax credits, deductions for education expenses, and dependent care credits, providing relief and support for parents. As the family expands, these tax incentives can help alleviate costs and contribute to a more secure financial future.


Child Tax Credit

The Child Tax Credit is a valuable tax benefit designed to provide financial assistance to families with qualifying dependent children. It's intended to help ease the financial burden of raising children by offering a credit that directly reduces the amount of federal income tax owed.

To qualify, the child must meet certain criteria, including age, relationship, residency, and support. Generally, the child must be under 17 years old and be a U.S. citizen, national, or resident alien. The child you’re claiming must be your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of those people.


Phaseout Limits

The credit begins to phase out for taxpayers with higher incomes. The phaseout begins at certain income thresholds, gradually reducing the credit amount until it phases out entirely. Income thresholds for the phaseout vary based on filing status, whether married filing jointly or separately.


Education Tax Benefits

As children grow, education expenses become a focal point. Tax benefits such as the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit can help with higher education costs. Additionally, 529 college savings plans offer tax-deferred growth and tax-free withdrawals for qualified education expenses.


Homeowner Benefits

Mortgage interest deduction, families with a mortgage may deduct the interest paid on their loan, reducing their taxable income. Property tax deduction, homeowners can deduct property taxes paid, providing additional relief.


Change of Filing Status and Adoption

The addition of children can alter your filing status, impacting tax rates and eligibility for certain credits and deductions.

Families adopting a child may be eligible for a tax credit to cover adoption expenses.



If you're buying a home or investing in real estate, it's crucial to comprehend property taxes and deductions available to homeowners. Mortgage interest deductions and property tax deductions can significantly impact your overall tax liability.


Estate and Gift Taxes

With a growing family, estate planning becomes more critical. Understanding estate tax thresholds and considering gifting strategies can minimize tax burdens for future generations.


Retirement Contributions

As your family grows, prioritizing retirement savings becomes even more critical. Contributions to retirement accounts like 401(k)s or IRAs often have tax advantages. Maximizing these contributions can reduce your taxable income and secure your family's financial future.

Please remember that tax laws and codes tend to change annually. Stay updated to ensure compliance and take advantage of any new opportunities or adjustments. Keeping up of these changes can help make tax season smoother and more beneficial for you or your business. If you are already a client, please reach out to your current contact and we will discuss this topic further with you. If you are not an existing client, please call 724.934.4880 and we will be happy to discuss your situation further to determine how we can best help.

Article written by Caroline Ratchford