The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps low- to moderate-income workers and families get a tax break. If you qualify, you can use the credit to reduce the taxes you owe – and maybe increase your refund.

Did you receive a letter from the IRS about the EITC? Find out what to do.

Who Qualifies

You may claim the EITC if your income is low- to moderate. The amount of your credit may change if you have children, dependents, are disabled or meet other criteria.

Military and clergy should review our Special EITC Rules because using this credit may affect other government benefits.

Check if You Qualify

If you claim this credit, your refund may be delayed. By law, we must wait until mid-February to issue refunds to taxpayers who claim the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Still not sure if you qualify for the EITC? These resources may help:

How to Claim this Credit

Get instructions on how to claim the EITC for past tax years.

Find information on How to avoid common errors.

Information if We Audit or Deny Your Claim:

Other Credits You May Qualify For

If you qualify for the EITC, you may also qualify for other tax credits.


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