The 2017 Earned Income Tax Credit

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable tax credit aimed at helping families with low to moderate earned income. If you work, let the EITC work for you! It will reduce the taxes you owe and will even be refunded to you if you do not owe taxes on your return.

The "EICucator" or Earned Income Tax Credit Educator

Find out now if you qualify for the 2017 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 2017

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!

Find Out How Much Your Credit May Be

Use the tool below to help you determine how much your 2017 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.

Your Earned Income Tax Credit Amount
For Tax Year 2017
Select Your Filing Status

2017 Earned Income Tax Credit Eligibility Requirements 

Maximum Adjusted Gross Income for the EITC for Tax Year 2017
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 $15,010 $39,617 $45,007 $48,340
Married Filing Jointly $20,600 $45,207 $50,597 $53,930

Once you determine if you are eligible for the EITC, here are the maximum credit amounts that you might qualify for in 2017:

  • $510 with no Qualifying Children
  • $3,400 with 1 Qualifying Child
  • $5,616 with 2 Qualifying Children
  • $6,318 with 3 or More Qualifying Children

How to Claim the Earned Income Tax Credit on Your 2017 Tax Return

You will need to prepare your 2017 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 2017 tax return: 

  1. Find and download Form 1040 Schedule EIC, Earned Income Tax Credit and other 2017 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 a Previous Tax Year

See the requirements for claiming the 2015 EITC or Earned Income Tax Credit and 2016 EITC or Earned Income Tax Credit.