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nickie828
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Can anyone help me understand having dependents three dependents but I only got earned income credit for one?

 
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xmasbaby0
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Can anyone help me understand having dependents three dependents but I only got earned income credit for one?

You might be confusing the child tax credit and earned income credit. When you enter your dependents and your income into your tax return, TT automatically calculates the child tax credit, additional child tax credit, and includes EIC if you qualify for it. So if you qualified for EIC it is already showing in your refund. If you do not understand the amount of EIC you are receiving, please look at the chart for EIC—look for the number of children you claimed and your income, and you will see how much EIC you are supposed to be getting.  

There is a table that starts on page 30 of IRS publication 596 regarding EIC and the amount you can receive for your earned income:

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p596.pdf

The amount of EIC you are receiving can be seen on your tax return:

1040EZ on line 8a

on 1040A line 42a

on 1040 line 66a

The IRS offers a tool to help you estimate your EIC:

https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/individuals/earned-income-tax-credit/use-the-eitc-assistant

https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/individuals/earned-income-tax-credit


*You can see the amount of the child tax credit you got on your Form 1040A on line 35; on Form 1040 line 52

If you received the Additional Child Tax Credit Form 1040A line 43, Form 1040 line 67

**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.**

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xmasbaby0
Level 15

Can anyone help me understand having dependents three dependents but I only got earned income credit for one?

You might be confusing the child tax credit and earned income credit. When you enter your dependents and your income into your tax return, TT automatically calculates the child tax credit, additional child tax credit, and includes EIC if you qualify for it. So if you qualified for EIC it is already showing in your refund. If you do not understand the amount of EIC you are receiving, please look at the chart for EIC—look for the number of children you claimed and your income, and you will see how much EIC you are supposed to be getting.  

There is a table that starts on page 30 of IRS publication 596 regarding EIC and the amount you can receive for your earned income:

https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p596.pdf

The amount of EIC you are receiving can be seen on your tax return:

1040EZ on line 8a

on 1040A line 42a

on 1040 line 66a

The IRS offers a tool to help you estimate your EIC:

https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/individuals/earned-income-tax-credit/use-the-eitc-assistant

https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/individuals/earned-income-tax-credit


*You can see the amount of the child tax credit you got on your Form 1040A on line 35; on Form 1040 line 52

If you received the Additional Child Tax Credit Form 1040A line 43, Form 1040 line 67

**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.**
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