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Expiring or Extended Tax Breaks, Provisions

Tax Breaks
Cuts, Changes

Depending on the actions—or inaction—of Congress, tax breaks extend, change, expire, tax rules are rewritten, and dollar amounts are adjusted for most current or future tax years. Many times, tax changes not only apply for the tax year they were enacted for but also to future tax years. Exceptions to this are pointed out here or on the tax deduction or tax credit pages.


Tax breaks reduce your tax liability and may even increase your tax refund. They are tax savings resulting from tax deductions, tax credits, and other tax incentives. Tax breaks either affect businesses, self-employed, etc. or individual taxpayers. If you find it hard to keep up with these tax changes, use the eFile.com tax calculators before you start and e-file a tax return on eFile.com.

The good news is, you don't have to be up-to-date on this as the eFile.com Tax App will automatically report the correct tax breaks on your return based on your answers to several simple questions. 2020 Taxes are due April 15, 2021.

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Expiring Federal Tax Provisions by Dec. 31, 2020 1 as of Jan. 16, 2020
Credit for certain nonbusiness energy property - sec. 25C(g)
Credit for qualified fuel cell motor vehicles - sec. 30B(k)(1))
Credit for alternative fuel vehicle refueling property - sec. 30C(g))
Credit for two-wheeled plug-in electric vehicles - sec. 30D(g)(3)(E)(ii))
Credit for health insurance costs of eligible individuals - sec. 35(b)(1)(B))
Deduction for qualified tuition and related expenses - sec. 222(e))
Second generation biofuel producer credit - sec. 40(b)(6)(J))
Indian employment credit - sec. 45A(f)
Credit for production of Indian coal - sec. 45(e)(10)(A)
New markets tax credit - sec. 45D(f)(1))
Credit for construction of new energy efficient homes - sec. 45L(g))
Mine rescue team training credit - sec. 45N(e))
Employer credit for paid family and medical leave - sec. 45S(i))
Work opportunity credit - sec. 51(c)(4))
Exclusion from gross income of discharge of indebtedness on principal residence - sec. 108(a)(1)(E))
Treatment of premiums for certain qualified mortgage insurance as qualified residence interest - sec. 163(h)(3)(E)(iv))
Medical expense deduction: adjusted gross income (AGI) floor 7.5 percent - sec. 213(f))
Black Lung Disability Trust Fund: increase in amount of excise tax on coal - sec. 4121(e)(2))

Tax Years 2019, 2020, and beyond

The tax breaks listed below have been changed, extended, added, or expired as of January 1, 2019 due to tax reform. Also, see the  Tax Year changes listed below as they apply for 2019 and beyond—01/01/2019 - 12/31/2025. This means these changes will apply on your IRS 2020-2025 Tax Year Returns—eFileIT for 2021. Should anything of the listed tax breaks change in post 2020 tax years, this page will be updated accordingly. For state related tax breaks, please visit individual state pages. Simply prepare and e-File your 2020 taxes to be assured that all the latest tax breaks will be applied to your personal tax returns based on a simple online tax interview.

  • Alimony & Tax Deduction: This only applies to payments required under a divorce or separation agreement made before the end of 2018. Payments under agreements made January 1, 2019 and later do not qualify for the deduction. Details.
  • Individual Health Care Tax Penalty: This eliminated penalty applies to taxpayers who did not have health insurance for the entire year and did not claim an exemption for not having insurance.

These tax breaks were changed, extended, added, or expired on January 1, 2018. These changes apply to tax returns for Tax Year 2018 through Tax Year 2025 as it stands now. Should this change, this page will be updated accordingly. Click each item for more details. When you prepare your 2020 Tax Return via eFile.com, you can be certain that, based on your answers during the tax interview, all the latest tax breaks will be reported on your tax return. 





You can keep up to date on the latest information about available tax breaks on eFile.com. We will always update our site with the most recent tax law changes. However, when you prepare and e-file your tax return on eFile.com, you don't have to worry about which tax breaks have changed. We will apply the newest IRS data to your tax return. At eFile.com, we guarantee a 100% accurate tax return and the biggest possible tax refund (or lowest tax balance due) allowed by law. Learn more about eFile.com's service guarantees.

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1 Report on Expiring Tax Provisions as of Jan. 16, 2020 -  Congressional Research - Tax Extenders