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Use the EITC Assistant


By answering questions and providing basic income information, you can use our EITC Assistant to:

  • find out if you are eligible for EITC;
  • determine if your child or children meet the tests for a qualifying child; and
  • estimate the amount of your credit.

We have the EITC Assistant in English and Versión en Español. We also have versions for the current tax year and for prior years.

Make sure you use the right assistant. Income limits and credit amounts change from year to year.

Important Notes

  • You need to complete the full assistant at one time. When you exit the assistant, all the information you entered is erased.
  • You cannot use any income received for work performed while an inmate to claim EITC. This includes amounts for work performed while incarcerated, in a work release program, or while in a halfway house.
  • If the IRS audited you and disallowed the EITC, you may have special filing requirements and limitations. See Consequences of Errors on Your EITC Returns.
  • You can't claim EITC unless the Social Security number you, your spouse (if married filing a joint return) or a qualifying child is issued before the due date of the return including any valid extensions.*

Choose the Right EITC Assistant

Tax Year Language
English Spanish
Tax Year 2015
(filed during 2016)
Tax Year 2015 English Tax Year 2015 Español
Tax Year 2014 Tax Year 2014 English Tax Year 2014 Español
Tax Year 2013 Tax Year 2013 English Tax Year 2013 Español

*The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes or PATH Act made several changes to the tax law, including preventing retroactive claims of the EITC by amending a return or filing an original return for any earlier year in which the individual or anyone listed on the return did not have a SSN valid for employment.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 20-Sep-2016