Do I qualify for EITC?

Start here: Let’s find out if you qualify for EITC!

You have two options:


Option 1: Use the EITC assistant provided by IRS to find out

  • For English speakers, click here.
  • For Spanish speakers, click here.

It tells you whether you qualify, and gives you an estimate of how much cash you can get back.


Option 2: Answer the following series of questions.

#1. Do you have earned income? (If you do, go to #2 below)

  • Earned income is money you earn from working for someone else, or from working on your farm or business. For example, money on your paycheck is earned income.

#2. Are you a U.S. citizen or permanent resident? (If you are, go to #3 below)

  • You must have been a U.S. citizen or permanent resident (greencard holder) for all year.

#3. Do you have a valid Social Security Number? (If you do, go to #4 below)

  • If you are married and filing a joint return, your spouse must also have a valid Social Security Number.

#4. If you are married, are you filing a joint return? (If you are, go to #5 below)

  • If you are married your filing status cannot be “married filing separately”.

#5: You cannot have foreign earned income. (If you don’t, go to #6 below)

  • Do NOT worry about this if you have not lived abroad last year.

#6: Is your earned income and adjusted gross income within set limits (If it is, go to #7 below)

  • For more information, click here.

#7: You cannot be a qualifying child of another taxpayer. (If you are not, go to #8 below)

  • To find out if you are a qualifying child, click here.

#8: One final step, you must either have a qualifying child OR meet these three conditions:

  1. Be age 25 but under 65 at the end of the year,
  2. Have lived in the U.S. for more than half the year, and
  3. Not qualify as a dependent of another person.
  • To find out if you have a qualifying child, click here.

If you satisfy #1 to #8, that’s great news, click here for next steps.