Here you can get detailed information on earned income credit eligibility so you can see if you are eligible for the earned income tax credit or not.
There are a number of requirements that are a MUST if you want to get the earned income tax credit:
The first one is that you have to be a US resident. This means that you have to:
A social security card that does not allow you to work will have “Not valid for employment” stamped on to it.
The second requirement is that you have to have earned income. Earned income means income that is earned by working, like wages or self employed income. There are of course limits to the amount of earned income you can have to get the credit as you will see by income limits.
The third requirement for earned income credit eligibility is that you have to be between the age of 25 and 65 OR have at least one qualifying child.
The maximum earned income to qualify for
the federal earned income credit depends on the amount of qualifying
children and if the filing status is married filing jointly or not.
These limits are raised slightly every year.
Here are the numbers for married filing joint:
Here are some no-no’s that will make you lose the earned income credit eligibility:
Now that you checked your earned income credit eligibility, you can find out if you have a qualifying child or children to make your credit even larger.
Updated December 24, 2017
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