Don’t forget about the earned income tax credit


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January 20, 2020

If you have low to moderate income, you might benefit from the earned income tax credit. This credit can lower the tax you owe or result in a refund.


  • You must have earned income of $55,952 or less.
  • You must file a federal tax return claiming the credit even if no tax is due and filing a return is not otherwise required.
  • Review your EITC eligibility if your household income or family situation has changed.

Use the EITC Assistant on to help you figure out if you qualify.