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Do You Qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)?

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! The Earned Income Tax Credit will reduce the taxes you owe and will even be refunded to you if you do not owe taxes on your return. The credit lifts over 6 million people (including over 3 million children) out of poverty each year.

Are you Single? No children? The EITC still might work for you. Check out our EICucator tool below to see if you qualify!

The "EICucator" or Earned Income Tax Credit Educator

Find out now if you qualify for the 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 2018

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 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 2018
Select Your Filing Status

How to Claim the Earned Income Credit on Your Tax Return

Claiming the EITC is easy if you prepare your tax return on efile.com! The online tax software will automatically determine if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit. If you qualify, the software will calculate the correct amount of your credit and fill out the right forms for you to claim it.

Once you have determined your EITC eligibility we suggest you use the FREE Tax Calculator, or "TaxStimator", to calculate and estimate your tax refund (or taxes owed) for the current tax year.

For Tax Year 2018, the EITC phases out entirely (is not available) for taxpayers with an adjusted gross income of:

  • $15,270 with no Qualifying Children ($20,950 if married filing jointly)
  • $40,320 with one Qualifying Child ($46,010 if married filing jointly)
  • $45,802 with two Qualifying Children ($51,492 if married filing jointly)
  • $49,194 with three or more Qualifying Children ($54,884 if married filing jointly)

For 2018, the maximum Earned Income Tax Credit per taxpayer is:

  • $520 with no Qualifying Children
  • $3,468 with one Qualifying Child
  • $5,728 with two Qualifying Children
  • $6,444 with three or more Qualifying Children

See all of the requirements for the EITC or Earned Income Tax Credit.

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 Credit2016 EITC or Earned Income Tax Credit, and 2017 EITC or Earned Income Tax Credit.