See if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit

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If you worked in 2016, you may be eligible for up to $6,269 at tax time from the Earned Tax Credit.

  • Did you work in 2016 and make less than $53,505?

  • Are you between 25 and 65 years old if you are not claiming qualifying children on your tax return?

  • Do you have a valid Social Security number?

  • Do you meet dependent and income requirements in the table below?

Earned Income Tax Credit Eligibility

# of qualifying children Single or head of household with income less than: Max credit (up to)
0 $14,880 $ 506
1 $39,296 $ 3,373
2 $44,648 $ 5,572
3 or more $47,955 $ 6,269

# of qualifying children Married filing jointly with income less than: Max credit (up to)
0 $20,430 $ 506
1 $44,846 $ 3,373
2 $50,198 $ 5,572
3 or more $53,505 $ 6,269

Eligibility Table Information

# of Dependents 

All claimed dependents must meet IRS definition of “qualifying children.” Learn more at the IRS website.

Income less than:

You must make less than the maximum income specified for your filing status and number of dependents claimed.

Possible credit (up to)

The maximum credit possible. Your actual credit amount depends on your income and family size.

 

Additional eligibility rules for the Earned Income Tax Credit:

- You must have a valid Social Security number.

- You must have been a United States citizen or resident alien all year.

- You cannot be a qualifying child of another person.

- All claimed dependents must meet IRS definition of “qualifying children” (link opens in new window).

- If not claiming any qualifying children, you must be between the ages of 25 and 65.

 

Estimate your EITC refund amount

Meet the above requirements? You can get an estimation of your EITC amount at the EITC outreach website.

Reminder: This is just an estimator tool intended to illustrate what the EITC might be worth to you. Speak to a trained tax preparer who can help you determine if you are eligible and how large your actual credit will be.