Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) – Should I Claim It?
The EITC is a credit for certain people who work. You (and your spouse, if you are filing a joint return) and any qualifying children listed on Schedule EIC need valid social security numbers.
Find out if you are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC by answering some questions and providing basic income information. The program also assists you in determining your correct filing status, determining whether your child(ren) meets the tests for a qualifying child, and estimating the amount of credit you may receive. However, if you were denied the EITC due to a reckless or intentional disregard of the rules, you cannot claim the EITC for the next two years after the denial. If your error was due to fraud, you cannot claim the EITC for the next ten years after the fraud determination.
If you need more information regarding the EITC, additional resources are available.
Please select the tax year version of the EITC Assistant you would like to access:
Tax Year 2008 English
Tax Year 2007 English
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Page Last Reviewed or Updated: January 16, 2009