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Deduction, reduction, income tax credit: what differences?

Verified 22 septembre 2020 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

There are several ways to reduce your income tax.

One deduction is an amount that will be removed:

One reduction is an amount deducted from the tax amount (for example: the tax reduction for donations to general interest organizations).

It applies only if you have tax to pay.

One tax credit is an amount also deducted from the tax amount (for example: the child care tax credit)..

Unlike the tax reduction, the tax credit will be refunded in whole or in part if:

  FYI : sums less than €8 are not reimbursed.