Earned Income and AGI Limits
The tax year 2016 Earned income and adjusted gross income (AGI) must both be less than:
|If filing...||Qualifying Children Claimed|
|Zero||One||Two||Three or more|
|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 no more than $3,400 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:
The American Tax Relief Act of 2012
The American Tax Relief act extended the relief for married taxpayers, the expanded credit for taxpayers with three or more qualifying children and other provisions to December 31, 2017.
IRS Recognizes Legal Same-Sex Marriages
In June 2015, the United States Supreme Court held that all states must allow same-sex couples to marry on the same terms and conditions as opposite-sex couples, and that all states must recognize lawful same-sex marriages performed in other states.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service ruled in 2013 that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes The ruling applies to all federal tax provisions where marriage is a factor, including filing status, claiming personal and dependency exemptions, taking the standard deduction, employee benefits, contributing to an IRA and claiming the earned income tax credit or child tax credit.
Any same-sex marriage legally entered into in one of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, a U.S. territory or a foreign country will be covered by the ruling. However, the ruling does not apply to registered domestic partnerships, civil unions or similar formal relationships recognized under state law. Read more here.