The following answers some of the frequently asked questions about tax credits and outreach.

ELIGIBILITY


Who needs a Social Security number (SSN)?

Will getting the EITC or CTC lower other government benefits? Could someone lose benefits altogether?

Can people who work and also get cash assistance still claim the EITC or CTC?

Can Native Americans claim the EITC and the CTC even if they are exempt from federal income tax?

What are the tax filing status rules to claim the EITC and CTC?

Are there any exceptions for workers who wish to file as “married filing separately” to claim the EITC?

How do divorced parents claim a child for the EITC and CTC?

Can unmarried parents who live together with their child claim the tax credits?

Are there any exceptions to the rule that the worker and child must live together for more than half the year?

TAX FILING


Who is required to file a tax return?

What is investment income?

Do child support payments count as income for the EITC and CTC?

What if a worker no longer has a copy of the previous tax return?

What if a worker no longer has his or her W-2 or 1099 forms?

What if a worker was eligible for the EITC or CTC in past years but didn’t claim it?

What happens if a worker files for a prior year and the IRS finds out that taxes are owed?

Will the IRS require additional information beyond what a worker provides with his or her tax return?

How do self-employed workers get the EITC and the CTC?

What happens if two people claim the same child for the EITC or CTC?

IMMIGRANT WORKERS


Can immigrant workers get the EITC?

Can immigrant workers get the CTC?

Can immigrant workers who obtain legal work status claim the EITC for a previous year?

Does getting the EITC or CTC cause “public charge” problems for immigrant workers?

MILITARY PERSONNEL


Can members of the military claim the EITC and the CTC if they are overseas on assignment?

What do parents need to know about claiming a qualifying child who is in the military for the EITC?

How is combat pay treated in determining eligibility for the EITC and CTC?

How are non-taxable military allowances counted in determining eligibility for the EITC and CTC?

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS


Can a survivor who is separated but not divorced claim the EITC?

What if a survivor has lost tax documents?

What if a survivor does not have a permanent address?

Will claiming tax credits compromise a survivor’s privacy?

Are there resources for survivors who have joint tax liability with an ex-abusive spouse?

COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID


How does receiving college financial aid affect one’s eligibility to claim the EITC and CTC?

Will claiming the tax credits impact the amount awarded in a college financial aid package?

GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN


Does a grandparent need to have legal guardianship to claim a grandchild for the EITC and CTC?

Who is eligible for the EITC and CTC in a three-generation household when both a child and parent live with the grandparent of the child?

In a three-generation household, what happens if there is a change in the parent’s ability to raise the child due to unemployment, loss of income, military deployment, or divorce?

In a three-generation household, what happens if the parent can no longer work and raise the child due to illness, disability, or incarceration?

Will claiming the EITC and CTC affect eligibility for other benefits?

Are there other tax credits that can benefit grandparents?

FOSTER PARENTS


What are the eligibility rules for foster families to claim the EITC and CTC?

Does a foster parent need to have legal guardianship to claim a foster child for the EITC and CTC?

Can foster parents claim foster youth who transition out of the foster care system?

Do foster payments count as income when determining eligibility for the tax benefits?

What is the difference between an adopted child and a foster child for the EITC and the CTC?

Are there other tax credits that foster parents and adoptive parents can claim?

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