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What are the qualifications for the Earned Income Credit (EIC or EITC)?

SOLVEDby TurboTax9766Updated February 04, 2022

To qualify for and claim the Earned Income Credit you must:

  • Have earned income; and
  • Have been a U.S. citizen or resident alien for the entire tax year; and
  • Have a valid Social Security number (not an ITIN) for yourself, your spouse (if filing jointly), and any qualifying children on your return; and
  • Not have investment income exceeding $10,000; and
  • Not be filing a Form 2555 or 2555-EZ; and
  • File a return with the Single, Married Filing Jointly, Head of Household, or Qualifying Widower filing status, even if you're not required to file a return.

In addition, both your earned income and Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) may not exceed:

  • $21,430 if you're not claiming a qualifying child ($27,380 if filing jointly);
  • $42,158 if you're claiming 1 qualifying child ($48,108 if filing jointly);
  • $47,915 if you're claiming 2 qualifying children ($53,865 if filing jointly);
  • $51,464 if you're claiming 3+ qualifying children ($57,414 if filing jointly).

One more thing—if you're not claiming a qualifying child:

You (and your jointly filing spouse) can't be claimed as a qualifying child or dependent on anyone else's return, and

  • You must be at least 18 if you are a qualified former foster youth or a qualified homeless youth, regardless of whether or not you are a specified student
  • You must be at least age 19 if you aren't a specified student, qualified former foster youth, or qualified homeless youth
  • You must be at least age 24 if you are a specified student, unless you are a qualified former foster youth, or qualified homeless youth

Phew! Got all that? Fortunately, TurboTax handles the behind-the-scenes calculations so you don't have to.

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