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The 2015 Earned Income Tax Credit

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) reduces the taxes you owed. The credit helps individuals and families with low to moderate earned income. If you do not owe taxes, the credit will be refunded to you. Find out if you qualify for the 2015 Earned Income Tax Credit by using the EICucator or tool below: 

Can I Claim the Earned Income
Tax Credit For Tax Year 2015?

Do you, your spouse (if filing jointly), AND all Qualifying Children have a valid SSN?

2015 Earned Income Tax Credit Eligibility Requirements 

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

With 0 Qualifying
Children

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

Estimate Your 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.

EIC Amount Tool
For Tax Year 2015
Select Your Filing Status

Maximum 2015 Earned Income Tax Credit Amounts

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 to Claim the Earned Income Tax Credit on Your 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. 

How to 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.

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