With the start of tax filing season less than a month away, you're probably wondering what steps you can take to make a significant impact on your tax return this year.

If you have a child, claiming them on your tax return is one of the most effective things you can do. The child tax credit for children under the age of 17 is $2000, while children 17 or older might earn you a $500 credit if they qualify.

Working parents with children under 13 may also qualify for the child and dependent care credit, which can cover up to 35% of the cost of daycare expenses of up to $6000. If you send your child to day camp during the summer, you'll likely qualify for this credit.

To really maximize your tax return, work with a qualified tax professional like the ones at Simplified Tax and Accounting to see what other types of deductions and credits you may be eligible for.

Simplified Tax and Accounting has been building professional friendships over tax returns for over 75 years and they're ready to serve you at one of their 8 locations across Mid-Michigan.

Visit them online at www.simplifiedtax.com or call (517) 882-2441 to schedule an appointment today.