A working family making less than $56,838 ($63,398 if married and filling jointly) in 2023 may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
The EITC is a federal and state income tax credit that is refunded to qualified taxpayers after their taxes have been paid. Even those who don't have to pay any taxes on their income may still qualify for a refund. EITC is based on a person's earned income, is set up on a sliding scale, and is claimed by filing a federal income tax return. Learn more about the EITC online or call the IRS at 800-829-1040.
Use the EITC Assistant to determine eligibility for the EITC. The EITC will determine if your child or children meet the tests for a qualifying child, and estimate the amount of your credit. The EITC Assistant is available in Spanish and several other languages.
The EITC has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, EITC payments will not be counted as income when you apply for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), food stamps, low-income housing, or most Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) payments. If you save your EITC refund, it will not count against the resource/asset limits of these federally funded programs for 12 months after the refund is received.
If you believe you were eligible for EITC in previous years, you can still claim the EITC for up to three years prior to the current tax year. Check your eligibility for previous years.
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