Earned Income Tax Credit

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The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable tax credit for low-to-moderate income working families, ranging from $560 to $6,935. 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 $16,480 whereas a married couple with 3 or more children can earn up to $59,187  

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 $560 for a single person or married couple with no children to $6,935 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.

Last updated 2/1/2023

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