The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a work credit that may give you money back at tax time or lower the federal taxes you owe. The main requirement is that you must earn money from a job.
The credit can eliminate any federal tax you owe at tax time. If the EITC amount is more than what you owe in taxes, you get the money back in your tax refund. If you qualify for the credit, you can still receive a refund even if you do not owe income tax.
The EITC and CTC eligibility chart has more details on eligibility.
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