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Do I Qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit on My 2015 Tax Return?

Find out if you qualify for the 2015 Earned Income Tax Credit by using the EICucator or tool below: 

What is the Earned Income Tax Credit?

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) reduces the taxes you owed. If you do not owe taxes, it will be refunded to you. 

Who Can Claim the Earned Income Tax Credit?

The credit helps individuals and families with low to moderate earned income.

How Do I Find Out If Can Claim the Earned Income Tax Credit on My 2015 Tax Return?

The 2015 Earned Income Tax Credit begins to decrease in value at an Adjusted Gross Value (AGI) of $8,240 for individuals with no Qualifying Children, and $18,110 for individual taxpayers with one or more Qualifying Children.

Maximum Adjusted Gross Income for the EITC for Tax Year 2015
Filing Status

With 0 Qualifying

With 1 Qualifying
With 2 Qualifying
With 3 or More Qualifying
Single or Head of Household $14,820 $39,131 $44,454 $47,747
Married Filing Jointly $20,330 $44,651 $49,974 $53,267

What is My 2015 Earned Income Tax Credit Amount?

Use the tool below to help you determine your estimated Earned Income Tax Credit amount. Enter your filing statusnumber of qualifying children, and AGI. You will not qualify for the credit if your filing status is Married Filing Separately.

Select Your Filing Status

Select Number of Children

Your Adj. Gross Income


Calculate My Credit

What is the Maximum Earned Income Tax Credit Amount I Can Claim on My 2015 Return?

Your 2015 maximum Earned Income Tax Credit amount varies based on the number of your qualifying children: 

  • $503 with no Qualifying Children
  • $3,359 with 1 Qualifying Child
  • $5,548 with 2 Qualifying Children
  • $6,242 with 3 or More Qualifying Children

How Do I Claim the Earned Income Tax Credit on My 2015 Tax Return? 

You will need to prepare your 2015 return on paper and mail it to the IRS to claim the credit. That's because the IRS only accepts efiled tax returns for the current Tax Year. 

Here's how to file your 2015 tax return: 

  1. Find and download Form 1040 Schedule EIC, Earned Income Tax Credit and other 2015 tax forms.
  2. Complete the form(s) on Adobe Reader.
  3. Print it out and sign it at the bottom of page 2. Attach any tax documents (i.e. W-2, 1099-MISC, etc) to your return. 
  4. Mail your return to the IRS address listed on your return. 

Can I Claim the Earned Income Tax Credit for Other Tax Years? 

See the requirements for claiming the 2017 EITC or Earned Income Tax Credit and 2016 EITC or Earned Income Tax Credit.

What Other Tax Credits Can I Claim on My Tax Return? 

You can claim tax credits for having a child, going to a university or college, and claiming various expenses. Discover these and other tax credits to claim on a tax return.