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Cheap tax software Attorney fees that generally may not exceed $125 maximum hourly rate as set by statute and indexed for inflation. Cheap tax software See Attorney fees , later. Cheap tax software Reasonable administrative costs. Cheap tax software   These include the following costs: Any administrative fees or similar charges imposed by the IRS. Cheap tax software The reasonable costs of studies, analyses, engineering reports, tests, or projects. Cheap tax software The reasonable costs of expert witnesses. Cheap tax software Attorney fees that generally may not exceed $125 per hour. Cheap tax software See Attorney fees , later. Cheap tax software Timing of costs. 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Cheap tax software Tax Court review of request for relief from joint and several liability on a joint return. Cheap tax software    As discussed later, at Relief from joint and several liability on a joint return under Claims for Refund, you can request relief from liability for tax you owe, plus related penalties and interest, that you believe should be paid by your spouse (or former spouse). Cheap tax software You also can petition (ask) the Tax Court to review your request for innocent spouse relief or separation of liability if either: The IRS sends you a determination notice denying, in whole or in part, your request, or You do not receive a determination notice from the IRS within 6 months from the date you file Form 8857. Cheap tax software   If you receive a determination notice, you must petition the Tax Court to review your request during the 90-day period that begins on the date the IRS mails the notice. Cheap tax software See Publication 971 for more information. 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Cheap tax software 34. Cheap tax software   Child Tax Credit Table of Contents Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Qualifying Child Amount of CreditLimits on the Credit Claiming the Credit Additional Child Tax Credit Completing Schedule 8812 (Form 1040A or 1040)Part I Parts II–IV Introduction The child tax credit is a credit that may reduce your tax by as much as $1,000 for each of your qualifying children. Cheap tax software The additional child tax credit is a credit you may be able to take if you are not able to claim the full amount of the child tax credit. Cheap tax software This chapter explains the following. Cheap tax software Who is a qualifying child. Cheap tax software The amount of the credit. Cheap tax software How to claim the credit. Cheap tax software The child tax credit and the additional child tax credit should not be confused with the child and dependent care credit discussed in chapter 32. Cheap tax software If you have no tax. 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Cheap tax software Useful Items - You may want to see: Publication 972 Child Tax Credit Form (and Instructions) Schedule 8812 (Form 1040A or 1040) Child Tax Credit W-4 Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate Qualifying Child A qualifying child for purposes of the child tax credit is a child who: Is your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them (for example, your grandchild, niece, or nephew), Was under age 17 at the end of 2013, Did not provide over half of his or her own support for 2013, Lived with you for more than half of 2013 (see Exceptions to time lived with you , later), Is claimed as a dependent on your return, Does not file a joint return for the year (or files it only as a claim for refund), and Was a U. Cheap tax software S. Cheap tax software citizen, a U. Cheap tax software S. Cheap tax software national, or a resident of the United States. 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