Earned Income Tax Credit

Last updated 10/1/2021

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable tax credit for low-to-moderate income working families, ranging from $1,502 to $6,728. It may be able to help you and your family maximize your refund and keep more of your hard-earned money. 

Do I qualify for the EITC? 

To qualify for the EITC, you must: 

CLICK HERE to use the IRS EITC Qualification Assistant. 

What are the income limits for EITC? 

Income limits depend on your marital status and the amount of children or dependents you can claim. A single person with zero children can earn no more than $21,430, whereas a married couple with 3+ children can earn up to $57,414. 

CLICK HERE to learn more. 

How much will I receive from the EITC? 

The amount of EITC benefit depends on your income and number of children. Maximum credit ranges from $1,502 for a single person or married couple with no children to $6,728 for a single person or married couple with three or more children. 

How can I claim the EITC? 

You must file Form 1040, US Individual Income Tax Return or Form 1040 SR, U.S. Tax Return for Seniors.

If you have a qualifying child, you must also file the Schedule EIC (Form 1040 or 1040-SR), Earned Income Credit.

After filing, you can check the status of your refund using the IRS “Where’s My Refund?” tool

Need more information? 

Call 2-1-1 or 1-888-892-1162 to speak with an NC 211 call specialist.

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