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
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:
- Be age 25 but under 65 at the end of the year,
- Have lived in the U.S. for more than half the year, and
- 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.