Do I have to claim the Earned Income Credit if I qualify?

According to my early calculations, my estimated tax refund for 2018 will be around $1300, and I am also eligible for Earned Income Credit (EIC) in the amount of $57. However, I would prefer not to claim the EIC because doing so would delay my refund, and I will need it as soon as possible so that I can pay bills and buy food. I feel that this delay is not worth the relatively small amount of money I'd receive as EIC. Am I required to claim the EIC if my gross income falls under the threshold, and, if not, does TurboTax give me the option to not claim it?


There is no way to not claim EIC if you are eligible using the TurboTax software.  Even if you completed the tax return manually and filed without EIC on the paper return, the IRS will give you the EIC credit if you are eligible.

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