You didn’t claim dependents that you could have
And that’s how some families can miss out on the EITC.
Who should watch out
Grandparents, uncles, aunts, foster parents, step-parents, and others taking care of children should take notice.
For the EITC, the following children might be eligible to be claimed as a dependent:
- Your son, daughter, adopted child, stepchild, foster child (placed by court or an authorized placement agency) or a descendent of any of them such as your grandchild
- Brother, sister, half brother, half sister, step brother, step sister or a descendant of any of them such as a niece or nephew
Secondly, any claimed child dependents for the EITC must meet the IRS’s definition of a qualifying child.
Because rules on claiming dependents on your tax return can be complicated, we always recommend talking to a tax professional if you’re ever unsure about if you can claim someone or not.
Additional information for non-traditional families can be found on the eitcoutreach.org site.