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

Can I claim the EIC?

Important: Starting with Tax Year 2018 (Jan. - Dec. 2018), tax return filing requirements are changing due to Tax Reform. Our tax tools are currently for Tax Year 2017, but you can use them now to get an idea of your 2018 Taxes. We will update the tools and this page as the IRS finalizes the 2018 Tax Return filing requirements. Tax Reform and you? Let efile.com help you and become eligible to Tax Win. Find out now.

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!

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.

Select Your Filing Status

Select Number of Children

Your Adj. Gross Income

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Calculate My Credit

How Do I Claim the Earned Income Credit on My 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.

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

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

How Do I 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.

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

Claiming the EITC is easy if you prepare your tax return on efile.com! We will automatically determine if you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and if you qualify, we 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.