2019 EITC Income Limits, Maximum Credit Amounts and Tax Law Updates

Earned Income and AGI Limits

The tax year 2019 Earned income and adjusted gross income (AGI) must each be less than:

If filing... Qualifying Children Claimed
Zero One Two Three or more
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

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

Tax Law Changes

We computed the adjustments to these amounts for 2019 based on the Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U). The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act established this method for determining adjustments for the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax provisions starting with tax year 2018.