Who Qualifies for the EITC?

Many people qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit

The Earned Income Tax Credit benefits working people with low- to moderate-income levels. Several requirements determine eligibility for the credit. 

To see if you qualify, ask yourself the following questions: 

  1. Was I a U.S. citizen or resident for the entire year?  
  2. Do I have a valid Social Security Number for all members of my household? 
  3. Is my filing status married filing jointly, head of household, qualifying widow(er) or single? 
  4. Do I have earned income? 
    • Wages, salaries, or commissions 
    • Tip income 
    • Disability pay 
    • Profits from a business or farm 
    • Nontaxable combat pay 
  5. Does my earned income and adjusted gross income fall within the limits? 
    • $15,270 ($20,950 if filing jointly) for 0 qualifying children  
    • $40,320 ($46,010 if filing jointly) for 1 qualifying child 
    • $45,802 ($51,492 if filing jointly) for 2 qualifying children 
    • $49,194 ($54,884 if filing jointly) for 3 or more qualifying children 
  6. Do I have a qualifying child? 
    • My child passes the relationship, age, residency and joint return tests. 
    • No, but I was a U.S. resident for more than half the year; I cannot be claimed as a dependent or qualifying child on anyone else’s return; and I am at least 25 but under 65 years old at the end of the tax year. 
  7. Did I invest less than $3,500? 

You must also not be filing Form 2555 or 2555-EZ. 

If you answered “yes” to all of these questions, you should qualify. Luckily, TaxSlayer has you covered. We will help you see if you qualify at tax time.  

If you qualify, you must file a tax return to claim the EITC, even if you made less than $12,000 while single or $24,000 while married filing jointly.  

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