The IRS has a variety of different programs available for tax-paying individuals in the country. One of the possible programs is the EIC, or Earned Income Credit. The EIC is a tax credit for low-income individuals and allows you, if you qualify, to earn a tax credit when you file your taxes. However, before you file, you need to make sure you do in fact qualify.
Have a paying job. You must have an earned income to qualify for the EIC. You also need a Social Security number and to be a U.S. citizen or residential alien for the entire filing year.
Mark your tax forms as an independent. You do not qualify for the Earned Income Credit if you are a dependent, are under the age of 25, or are over the age of 65.
Live in the U.S. for at least half of the tax year.
Determine your income. If you make more than $12,590 with no children (or $14,590 if married), you do not qualify. If you have a child, you cannot make more than $33,241 ($35,241 if married). If you have multiple children, you cannot make more than $37,783 ($39,783 if married).