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2018-Earned income tax credit

Asked Thursday, December 20, 2018 by an anonymous user
For 2018, the maximum credit amount is $3,461 for one qualifying child, $5,716 for two qualifying children, $6,431 for three or more qualifying children, and $519 for taxpayers who have no qualifying child. The phaseout ranges for the credit have been adjusted for inflation
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Earned Income Credit - General Eligibility

Asked Thursday, February 07, 2013 by an anonymous user
Rules for every taxpayer:
Must have earned income, such as wages, tips or the income from running a business or farm. Most other types of income, such as retirement pensions, though usually taxable, do not count as earned income.
Must have a Social Security number that is valid for employment for self, spouse and any qualifying children.
A person can get the credit even with a small amount of investment income, such as interest from a bank account. However, the amount of investment income is limited to $3,400.
The filing status used must be single, head of household, married filing jointly or qualifying widow or widower. A taxpayer who files as married filing separately cannot get the credit.
Generally, must be either a U.S. citizen or resident alien. Cannot be a qualifying child of another person. Cannot file Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ.
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Earned Income Credit - Income Eligibility

Asked Thursday, February 07, 2013 by an anonymous user
!---earned---> The Earned Income Tax Credit is a refundable federal income tax credit for low to moderate income working individuals and families.
Individuals may receive refunds more than what was withheld in federal withholding taxes from their wages.
For the 2016 Tax Year
Earned Income and adjusted gross income (AGI) must each be less than:
$47,955 ($53,505 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children $44,648 ($50,198 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children $39,296 ($44,846 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child $14,880 ($20,430 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children
Tax Year 2016 maximum credit: $6,269 with three or more qualifying children $5,572 with two qualifying children $3,373 with one qualifying child $506 with no qualifying children
Investment income must be $3,400 or less for the year.
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Earned Income Credit - Child Eligibility

Asked Thursday, February 07, 2013 by an anonymous user
People who claim the credit, based on having one or more qualifying children, each child must meet the relationship test, age test, residency test and joint return test. Each child must meet all four tests.
Relationship test. The child is the taxpayer’s: •Son or daughter, including an adopted child or child placed for adoption •Stepchild or grandchild •Foster child placed by an authorized placement agency or court •Brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister, or •A descendant of any of them
Age test. At the end of 2016, the child was: •Younger than the taxpayer or the taxpayer’s spouse if filing a joint return and younger than 19 •Younger than the taxpayer or the taxpayer’s spouse if filing a joint return and younger than 24 and a full-time student, or •Any age if permanently and totally disabled
Residency test. The child lived with the taxpayer or the taxpayer’s spouse if filing a joint return in the U.S. for more than half of 2016.
Joint Return test. A qualifying child who files a joint return can only do so to claim a refund with neither the child nor child’s spouse being required to file.
More than one person cannot claim the same qualifying child to claim EITC. If a child meets the rules to be a qualifying child of more than one person, only one person can use that child to claim the EITC. Also, if the child qualifies for both a parent and another person, the other person can only get the credit by having a higher AGI than the parent.
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Earned Income Credit - Taxpayers without a qualifying child

Asked Thursday, February 07, 2013 by an anonymous user
Taxpayers without a qualifying child must meet three additional tests.
Lived in the U.S. for more than half of 2016, at the end of 2016, was at least age 25, but under age 65, cannot qualify as the dependent of another person.
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Earned Income Credit - Combat Pay

Asked Thursday, February 07, 2013 by an anonymous user
Special Rule for Combat Pay. Combat pay received by members of the military serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and other combat zone localities is usually exempt from tax.
But under a special rule, the taxpayer can choose to count all of this as taxable income when figuring the EITC. In many cases, making this choice enables the person to claim the credit, or if already eligible, claim a larger credit.
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Earned Income Credit - Other resources

Asked Thursday, February 07, 2013 by an anonymous user
Taxpayers can find more information on claiming EITC on irs.gov/eitc. The EITC Assistant available on irs.gov/eitc or the Instructions for Form 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ can help individuals determine their eligibility.
The instructions contain a worksheet and the earned income credit table to help determine the amount of the credit.
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Earned Income Tax Credit

Asked Thursday, April 05, 2012 by an anonymous user
For tax year 2016, the maximum earned income tax credit (EITC) for low- and moderate- income workers and working families Maximum Credit Amounts The maximum amount of credit for Tax Year 2016 is: $6,269 with three or more qualifying children
$5,572 with two qualifying children,
$3,373 with one qualifying child
$506 with no qualifying children
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Earned Income Credit

Asked Tuesday, February 07, 2012 by an anonymous user
The Earned Income Tax Credit is a refundable federal income tax credit for low to moderate income working individuals and families.
Individuals may receive refunds more than what was withheld in federal withholding taxes from their wages.
For the 2016 Tax Year
Earned Income and adjusted gross income (AGI) must each be less than:
$47,955 ($53,505 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children $44,648 ($50,198 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children $39,296 ($44,846 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child $14,880 ($20,430 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children
Tax Year 2016 maximum credit: $6,269 with three or more qualifying children $5,572 with two qualifying children $3,373 with one qualifying child $506 with no qualifying children
Investment income must be $3,400 or less for the year.
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Earned Income Credit - Form 1040EZ

Asked Tuesday, October 24, 2000 by an anonymous user
If you are unsure, it may be safer to file long Form 1040. You may use Form 1040EZ and claim the earned income credit, but there are several requirements that need to be met to use the short form 1040EZ. Read the instructions for Form 1040EZ or speak to your local CPA for assistance.
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