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Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC): Do I Qualify?

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a federal tax credit available to individuals of certain income brackets. Low income. It is a refundable credit. What this means is that if you meet the eligibility requirements you can get a tax refund.
1. The Basic Requirements are:

  • You must have earned income of one dollar ($1.00)
  • No one can claim you as a dependent or a qualifying child on his or her income
  • You must be at least 25 years of age or 65 before the end of the year
  • You and your dependents (children) must have a social security number

2. The Other Requirements are:

  • It depends on your filing status
  • It depends if you have a qualifying child or children
  • If you are disable or are a person with disabilities.
  • Members of the Military can claim EITC only on taxable income

Both Earned Income and Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) must be no more than within the chart below

Qualifying Children Claimed
Filing Status Zero One Two Three or More
Single, Head of Household or Surviving Spouse $15,270 $40,320 $45,802 $49,194
Married Filing Jointly $20,950 $46,010 $51,492 $54,884

For previous years, see EITC Income Limits, Maximum Credit and Tax Law Updates

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