A tax carryover credit is a type of tax credit that you can carry forward to future tax years if you don’t have enough tax liability to use the credit in the current year. Here’s how you can utilize tax carryover credits:

  1. Keep Track of Your Tax Credits: To utilize your tax carryover credits, it’s important to keep track of all the tax credits you’ve received in previous years. This information should be included in your tax return from the previous year.
  2. Determine Your Current Year Tax Liability: Before you can utilize your tax carryover credits, you need to determine your current year’s tax liability. This is the amount of tax you owe based on your current year’s income, deductions, and other factors.
  3. The type of credit you have will determine how and when you can use it for example a capital loss carryover can only be used to offset current-year capital gains.
  4. Claim Your Carryover Credits: To claim your carryover credits, you need to fill out the appropriate forms and attach them to your tax return. For example, if you have energy-efficient home improvement credits, you’ll need to fill out Form 5695 and attach it to your tax return.
  5. Carry Over Unused Credits: If you still have unused carryover credits after claiming them on your tax return, you can carry them over to future tax years until you have used all of them.

It’s important to note that tax carryover credits have specific expiration dates, so it’s essential to use them before they expire.