What is the EITC?
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) provides relief for some workers at tax time. If you qualify, the tax credit lowers the amount of taxes you are required to pay. It is refundable, which means that if the credit is worth more than you owe, you get the rest of the money back in your tax refund.
Am I eligible?
There are three main eligibility requirements to claim the EITC. The first is that you work and earn income. This can be from wages, salary, tips, employer-based disability, self-employment income, military pay, or union strike benefits. The second requirement is that you don’t make over a certain amount of money, which you can check with the estimator above. The third requirement is to have social security numbers that permit work for you, your spouse, and any children claimed on your tax return. See our eligibility chart for more details.
How do I claim the EITC?
To claim the EITC, workers with children must file either form 1040 or 1040A and submit the Schedule EIC. Workers without children can file any tax form, including Form 1040EZ, and do not need to complete the Schedule EIC.
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