The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps low to moderate-income workers and families get a tax break. Claiming the credit can reduce the tax you owe and may also give you a larger refund. How It Works Use this calculator to find out: If you're eligible for the EITC If you have any qualifying children or relatives The estimated amount of your credit Your filing status What You Need Income statements such as W-2s, 1099s Documents showing taxes withheld or money paid to you Any expenses or adjustments to your income Election to use prior-year earned income You can elect to use your 2019 earned income to figure your 2021 earned income credit (EIC) if your 2019 earned income is more than your 2021 earned income. Use the Assistant Your Security and Privacy The EITC Assistant doesn't ask you to provide sensitive information such as your name, Social Security number, address or bank account numbers. The information you enter into the assistant will not be saved or recorded.