Mistake 3: You previously claimed the EITC without being eligible
Never claim the EITC when you’re not supposed to!
If the IRS finds that you fraudulently claimed the EITC, you cannot claim EITC for the next 10 years.
For those that hire someone to prepare your taxes, it’s important to have an honest tax preparer. If your tax preparer does anything on your tax return that seems like fraud, run – not walk – far, far away to a more honest one!
What if I didn’t know I did a mistake?
Even if you don’t intend to commit tax fraud, you’re not off the hook for not understanding tax rules.
If IRS ever denies your EITC claim due to “reckless or intentional disregard of the EITC rules,” you will not be able to claim EITC for the next 2 years.
Get professional help for free
If you need help finding a honest, professional tax preparer, consider visiting a free tax preparation site in Minnesota. Most EITC eligible taxpayers are eligible to receive free tax help.