How to Qualify for EIC

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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).

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