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What are the qualifications for the additional EIC?

There’s no additional Earned Income Credit (EIC). However, there's an additional child tax credit. The qualifying rules for a child for the child tax credit differ from the rules for the EIC. To qualify, your child must:

  • Be your:
    • Child
    • Stepchild
    • Foster child
    • Sibling
    • Stepsibling
    • A descendant of any of these
  • Be under age 17 at the end of the year
  • Not provide more than half of his or her own support for the tax year
  • Live with you for more than half of the year
  • Be claimed as a dependent on your return
  • Not file a joint return for the year (or files it only as a claim for refund)
  • Be one of these:
    • U.S. citizen
    • U.S. national
    • U.S. resident alien

For you to qualify for the additional child tax credit, you must owe less in taxes than the amount of the credit.

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