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Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

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The Earned Income Tax Credit, EITC or EIC, is a benefit for working people with low to moderate income. To qualify, you must meet certain requirements and file a tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not required to file. EITC reduces the amount of tax you owe and may give you a refund.

Who Qualifies?

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Do I Qualify for EITC?

To qualify for EITC you must have earned income from working for someone or from running or owning a business or farm and meet basic rules. And, you must either meet additional rules for workers without a qualifying child or have a child that meets all the qualifying child rules for you.

EITC Assistant

Use the EITC Assistant to see if you qualify for tax years: 2015, 2014 and 2013. The EITC Assistant helps you find out your filing status, if your child is a qualifying child, if you are eligible and estimate the amount of the credit you may get.

Income Limits and Table

See the EITC Income Limits, Maximum Credit Amounts and Tax Law Updates for the current year, previous years and the upcoming tax year.

Claiming EITC

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How Do I Claim EITC?

You need to file a tax return to claim EITC. Find out:

  • the documents you need
  • the common errors to watch for
  • the consequences of filing an EITC return with an error
  • how to get help preparing your return
  • what you need to do if your EITC was denied in a previous year
  • how to claim the credit for earlier tax years

Received a Notice?

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I Received a Letter from IRS about EITC, What Should I Do?

We send letters to urge you to claim EITC, to verify your EITC claim or to give you more instructions. This page lets you know what you need to do if you receive a letter or notice from the IRS.

Specialized Resources

Visit EITC Central for tools and information specifically geared to IRS partners, community organizations, employers, government agencies and offices, and tax preparers.

Missing Children

The IRS is partnering with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) to help search for missing children. For more information:

  • Visit the NCMEC website.
  • Call NCMEC at 1-800-843-5678
Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 12-Jan-2016

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