otherwise due

AJ   Fri Aug 18, 2006 1:07 am GMT

I can't understand the 'otherwise due' part of below sentence.

"a reduction of an amount otherwise due; especially : TAX CREDIT "

Could you dumb it down for me?

I'll really appreciate it.
renate   Fri Aug 18, 2006 2:00 am GMT
one reason is sth,the other is TAX CREDIT
Rick   Fri Aug 18, 2006 2:26 am GMT
"amount otherwise due" = the amount before the reduction.

The word 'otherwise' in this context can be substituted with the following and mean the same thing:

"a reduction of an amount that would normally be due;"
"a reduction of an amount that would usually be due;"

Hope this helps.