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purplefrost210
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Is the lookback option gonna be available for the 2021 year too?

I used the look back option for 2020s yeax return but I was wondering if we can use it again for 2021 to claim 2019 again
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Critter-3
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Is the lookback option gonna be available for the 2021 year too?

fanfare
Level 15

Is the lookback option gonna be available for the 2021 year too?

The people in Congress are evil, not mental.

Critter-3
Level 15

Is the lookback option gonna be available for the 2021 year too?

🤣

rjs
Level 15
Level 15

Is the lookback option gonna be available for the 2021 year too?

On your 2021 tax return you can use your 2019 earned income to calculate the earned income credit if it is higher than your 2021 earned income. This is one of the provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act.

 

Critter-3
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Is the lookback option gonna be available for the 2021 year too?

Good lord ... I have to read up on this before my update course next month.  What were they thinking ???  This will delay processing for millions of returns again this year.  I can hear the cries of woe now. 

 

@rjs    Can you post a link to that information ?

Critter-3
Level 15

Is the lookback option gonna be available for the 2021 year too?

Found a reference here :   https://www.hrblock.com/tax-center/filing/credits/earned-income-credit/

 

Good news for your 2020 and 2021 tax returns

A special “lookback” rule in the Dec. 2020 stimulus bill lets taxpayers claim this valuable credit – even if your income was higher in 2020 and 2021.

If your 2019 earned income is higher than your 2020 earned income, and results in a higher credit, the lookback allows you to use 2019 earned income to calculate the 2020 earned income credit.

Taxpayers can use their 2019 earned income to calculate their credit for tax year 2021 if your earned income in 2021 is less than it was in 2019 and using the lookback results in a higher credit. This bears no effect on your calculation of gross income. The IRS will have math error authority to correct an error if one is made under this section.  

 

If you qualify for this tax credit, you can reduce your taxes and increase your tax refund. The credit ranges from a few hundred to thousands of dollars depending on your tax filing status and quantity of qualifying children.

But it can be difficult to understand the rules surrounding this underutilized tax credit, which is why some people shy away from this credit.  Read on to learn more about what it is, why it’s beneficial, and how to qualify for the Earned Income Credit.

rjs
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Is the lookback option gonna be available for the 2021 year too?


@Critter-3 wrote:

@rjs    Can you post a link to that information ?


At this link:


IRS offers overview of tax provisions in American Rescue Plan


The last paragraph under the heading "Childless EITC expanded for 2021" (about halfway down the page) says:


"Another change is available to both childless workers and families with dependents. For 2021, it allows them to choose to figure the EITC using their 2019 income, as long as it was higher than their 2021 income. In some instances, this option will give them a larger credit."


Also in the DRAFT 2021 Form 1040 instructions, page 38:

"TIP: You may elect to use your 2019 earned income to figure your EIC if your 2019 earned income is more than your 2021 earned income."

 

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