If you worked full- or part-time at some point last year, you may be eligible for the federal Earned Income Credit (EIC). Earned income and adjusted gross income* (AGI) must each be less than:
- $47,747 ($53,267 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children.
- $44,454 ($49,974 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children.
- $39,131 ($44,651 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child.
- $14,820 ($20,330 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children.
* Married income level implies joint filing.
Apply for your EIC
Families with qualifying children in their home last year should file federal tax return Forms 1040, 1040a or 1040EZ, and attach schedule EIC. Workers without qualifying children do not need to file the EIC form.
For more information, or to find out how to get your forms filled out for free, call the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at 800-829-1040.
EIC advance payment
If you were raising a child in your home last year, you may also be able to boost each paycheck during the year with advance EIC. Get form W-5 from your employer or call 800-829-3676.
If you qualify to claim EIC on your federal income tax return, you also may be eligible for a similar credit on your state or local income tax return.
For more information, you can also visit the Earned Income Tax Credit website.