Claiming EITC for Prior Tax Years

 

It's not too late to file your tax returns for 2016, 2017, and 2018 and claim the earned income tax credit (EITC) and other certain tax benefits such as the child tax credit/additional child tax credit/credit for other dependents (CTC/ACTC/ODC) and/or the American opportunity tax credit (AOTC), if you were eligible.

I Didn't File a Tax Return

Many individuals miss out on valuable tax credits because their income was below the amount requiring them to file or they had no taxes withheld from their paychecks. But, you must file a tax return, Form 1040, U.S. Individual Tax Return or Form 1040SR, U.S. Individual Tax Return for Seniors (PDF) to claim the EITC, CTC/ACTC/ODC, and/or AOTC.

Find out if you should file and how to get help below.

I Filed but I Didn't Claim EITC and/or Other Certain Tax Benefits

If you filed your own taxes or someone else prepared them for you, you need to file an amended return.
Find out if you were eligible for EITC and/or certain tax benefits and should file and how to get help below.

And, see Tax Topic 308, Amended Returns if you discover you may need to amend your tax return.

Did I Qualify for EITC?

Hurry, Your Time is Running Out to Claim EITC if You Didn't File a Return!

  • For 2016, you need to file your tax return by April 15, 2020
  • For 2017, you need to file your tax return by April 15, 2021
  • For 2018, you need to file your tax return by April 15, 2022

Where to Get Help Preparing Your Tax Forms