Tax credits are an amazing thing that ht United States sometimes grants to its hard working citizens as a sort of state benefit.
Tax credits are sometimes given to workers from the IRS during tax refund time. The point in doing this is to make it so that their net income is actually higher. By giving them these credits it allows them o pay less taxes during that year. It makes it so they are able to get back more of the money that they already paid back into taxes that year. It's more money in their pockets so they can put that money back into the economy.
Tax credits that they are giving out are either refundable or non-refundable. These credits can reduce that amount of tax that these people owe to below zero which makes it so they get a refund. This is a good thing for the economy as they will now have money to put back into their economy. Non-refundable tax credits can reduce the amount of tax owed however it cannot make it so that the amount o ftax due is below zero. Gifts made to registered charities are also non-refundable tax credits. People can get credits for giving these gifts to charities but the refund that they can receive from them charities cannot make it so they get a refund.
These tax credits are often given primarily to minimum wage worker and also families that have children. They encourage people to keep working by allowing them to keep more of their pay, even if it is in the form of a tax refund.
There is a difference between the similarly named tax credits and tax deductions. Tax credits actually remove or deduct the amount of total tax due. Tax deductions lower the amount of taxable income before the taxes are figured meaning that they will only reduce the persons taxes by a very small percent. The tax deductions help out their people much less by only slightly changing the amount of taxes that they owe. Tax reductions very rarely actually make it so that these people get a tax refund due to their taxes being brought below zero.
Over all Tax credits are a very important part of what the IRS can do to help reduce the tax load put onto low income families.