Check Back for Updates to this Page For the latest updates on coronavirus tax relief related to this page, check IRS.gov/coronavirus. We’re reviewing the tax provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, signed into law on March 11, 2021. Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Relief If your earned income was higher in 2019 than in 2020, you can use the 2019 amount to figure your EITC for 2020. This temporary relief is provided through the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020. To figure the credit, see Publication 596, Earned Income Credit. 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 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.