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The 2016 Earned Income Tax Credit

Find out now if you qualify for the 2016 Earned Income Tax Credit by using the EICucator tool below. Simply answer the "Yes" or "No" questions until the "EICucator" provides you with your final answer!

Can I Claim the Earned Income
Tax Credit For Tax Year 2016?

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

Only about 80% of taxpayers who are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit claim it. Don't miss out on the money you deserve!

Estimate Your 2016 Earned Income Credit Amount

Use the tool below to help you determine how much your Earned Income Tax Credit may be. Enter your Filing Status, Number of Qualifying Children, and your AGI. Be aware that if you are Married Filing Separately, you will not qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

EIC Amount Tool
For Tax Year 2016
Select Your Filing Status

2016 Earned Income Tax Credit Eligibility Requirements 

Maximum Adjusted Gross Income for the EITC for Tax Year 2016
Before you start the EICucator, you may want to make sure your income is not over the maximum: With 0 Qualifying
Children
With 1 Qualifying
Child
With 2 Qualifying
Children
With 3 or More Qualifying
Children
Single or Head of Household $14,880 $39,296 $44,648 $47,955
Married Filing Jointly $20,430 $44,846 $50,198 $53,505

Once you determine if you are eligible for the EITC, here are the maximum credit amounts that you might qualify for in 2016:

  • $506 with no Qualifying Children
  • $3,373 with 1 Qualifying Child
  • $5,572 with 2 Qualifying Children
  • $6,269 with 3 or More Qualifying Children

How to Claim the Earned Income Tax Credit on Your 2016 Tax Return

You will need to prepare your 2016 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 2016 tax return: 

  1. Find and download Form 1040 Schedule EIC, Earned Income Tax Credit and other 2016 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 Previous Tax Years

See the requirements for claiming the 2015 EITC or Earned Income Tax Credit or the 2017 Earned Income Tax Credit or EITC.