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Can I receive the EIC if I don't have a child?

Yes, it’s possible to qualify for the Earned Income Credit (EIC) without a child. However, you must meet all of these requirements:

  • You must have earned income from employment, self-employment, or another source.
  • You have a valid Social Security number (SSN).
  • You were a U.S. citizen or resident alien all year.
  • Your filing status isn’t married filing separately.
  • Your investment income is less than $3,350 for the year.
  • You didn't file Form 2555: Foreign Earned Income or Form 2555-EZ: Foreign Earned Income Exclusion.
  • You -- or your spouse if married filing jointly -- are at least age 25 but under age 65 at year's end.
  • You aren't another person's dependent.
  • You aren't another person's qualifying child.
  • You lived in the United States more than half of the year.
  • You made no more than $14,590 -- or $20,020 if married filing jointly.


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