Earned Income Tax Credit Income and Maximum Credit Amounts

See the earned income and adjusted gross income (AGI) limits, maximum credit for the current year, previous years and the upcoming tax year.

Qualifying Children Claimed

If filing Zero One Two Three
Single, Head of Household, or Widowed $15,820 $41,756 $47,440 $50,594
Married Filing Jointly $21,710 $47,646 $53,330 $56,844

Investment Income Limit
Investment income must be $3,650 or less for the year.

Maximum Credit Amounts
The maximum amount of credit for Tax Year 2020 is:

  • $6,660 with three or more qualifying children
  • $5,920 with two qualifying children
  • $3,584 with one qualifying child
  • $538 with no qualifying children.

Qualifying Children Claimed

If filing Zero One Two Three
Single, Head of Household, or Widowed $15,570 $41,094 $46,703 $50,162
Married Filing Jointly $21,370 $46,884 $52,493 $55,952

Investment Income Limit
Investment income must be $3,600 or less for the year.

Maximum Credit Amounts
The maximum amount of credit for Tax Year 2019 is:

  • $6,557 with three or more qualifying children
  • $5,828 with two qualifying children
  • $3,526 with one qualifying child
  • $529 with no qualifying children

Qualifying Children Claimed

If filing Zero One Two Three
Single, Head of Household, or Widowed $15,270 $40,320 $45,802 $49,194
Married Filing Jointly $20,950 $46,010 $51,492 $54,884

Investment Income Limit
Investment income must be $3,500 or less for the year.

Maximum Credit Amounts
The maximum amount of credit for Tax Year 2018 is:

  • $6,431 with three or more qualifying children
  • $5,716 with two qualifying children
  • $3,461 with one qualifying child
  • $519 with no qualifying children.

Qualifying Children Claimed

If filing Zero One Two Three
Single, Head of Household, or Widowed $15,051 $39,617 $45,007 $48,340
Married Filing Jointly $20,600 $45,207 $50,597 $53,930

Investment Income Limit
Investment income must be $3,450 or less for the year.

Maximum Credit Amounts
The maximum amount of credit for Tax Year 2017 is:

  • $6,318 with three or more qualifying children
  • $5,616 with two qualifying children
  • $3,400 with one qualifying child
  • $510 with no qualifying children 

Qualifying Children Claimed

If filing Zero One Two Three
Single, Head of Household, or Widowed $14,880 $39,296 $44,648 $47,955
Married Filing Jointly $20,430 $44,846 $50,198 $53,505

Investment Income Limit
Investment income must be $3,400 or less for the year.

Maximum Credit Amounts
The maximum amount of credit for Tax Year 2016 is:

  • $6,269 with three or more qualifying children
  • $5,572 with two qualifying children
  • $3,373 with one qualifying child
  • $506 with no qualifying children

For more information on whether a child qualifies you for EITC, see: