Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
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 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Relief
If your earned income was higher in 2019 than in 2020, you can use the 2019 amount to figure your EITC for 2020. This temporary relief is provided through the Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020.
To figure the credit, see Publication 596, Earned Income Credit
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps low- to moderate-income workers and families get a tax break. If you qualify, you can use the credit to reduce the taxes you owe – and maybe increase your refund.
Did you receive a letter from the IRS about the EITC? Find out what to do.
Who Qualifies
You may claim the EITC if your income is low- to moderate. The amount of your credit may change if you have children, dependents, are disabled or meet other criteria.
Military and clergy should review our Special EITC Rules because using this credit may affect other government benefits.
Use our EITC qualification assistant to find out if you qualify and for how much.
Check if You Qualify
If you claim this credit, your refund may be delayed. By law, we must wait until mid-February to issue refunds to taxpayers who claim the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Still not sure if you qualify for the EITC? These resources may help:
How to Claim this Credit
Get instructions on how to claim the EITC for past tax years.
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Other Credits You May Qualify For
If you qualify for the EITC, you may also qualify for other tax credits.
EITC Central has tools and information for IRS partners, community organizations, employers, government agencies and offices and tax preparers.
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