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mariagruda
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Why does it say I can report my last year's income if it is more to earn more of the EIC credit?

Is this okay if I got the EIC for my children last year?
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xmasbaby0
Level 15

Why does it say I can report my last year's income if it is more to earn more of the EIC credit?

Many people had lower incomes during the pandemic in 2020 due to reduced work hours, layoffs, etc.  Or they received unemployment benefits.   These factors affect how much earned income credit and additional child tax credit you can get on your 2020 tax return and affect your 2020 refund.

 

There is a “lookback” option that allows you to use your 2019 amounts for earned income credit or child tax credit.   You can choose whether to use your 2019 amount or your 2020 amount.  Choose whichever amount gives you a better tax refund for your 2020 refund.

 

You can see this and choose in the earned income credit section  in Deductions and Credits. 

 

You still MUST enter all of your 2020 income into your 2020 tax return, including any unemployment you received.

 

Please follow these steps in TurboTax:

  1. Login to your TurboTax Account 
  2. Click on the Search box on the top and type "EIC"
  3. Click on “Jump to EIC”
  4. Answer the questions until you reach the screen "Do you want to use last year’s earned income?"
  5. Note your current refund amount using your 2020 earned income at the top of the screen.
  6. Click "Yes", enter your "2019 Earned Income" if the field is blank and click "continue".
  7. Compare the new refund amount using your 2019 earned income with the previously noted refund amount using your 2020 earned income.
**Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to offer the most correct information possible. The poster disclaims any legal responsibility for the accuracy of the information that is contained in this post.**
kaijanaalexes
New Member

Why does it say I can report my last year's income if it is more to earn more of the EIC credit?

Hi,

 

I chose the “look back” option — to use my 2019 income for the EIC. I understand that I need to submit my 2020 income still, which I did. During the “complete check”, I notice that my income “needs to be reviewed”. All of the fields where my W-2 information should be, are blank. Should I leave it blank and still submit? I didn’t receive any 2020 W-2s for these jobs since I didn’t work for them during 2020. Do I enter my 2019 W-2 information in the blank fields?

 

KaiJana

PattiF
Expert Alumni

Why does it say I can report my last year's income if it is more to earn more of the EIC credit?

Yes, you do enter the 2019 earned income in the blank field using you W-2. Screenshot is provided by volvogirl.

 

 When you get to the EIC section you will go slow and read the screens carefully ...

 

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