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What are the earned income tax credit income limits?

Regarding earned income tax credit income limits, the IRS bases the adjusted gross income (AGI) limits for the Earned Income Credit (EIC) on how many children you have.

To qualify for the EIC, your AGI for 2016 can't be more than these limits:

  • No qualifying children: April 18, 2016 -- or $20,430 if married filing jointly
  • One qualifying child: April 18, 2017 -- or $44,846 if married filing jointly
  • Two qualifying children: March 1, 2016 -- or $50,198 if married filing jointly
  • Three or more qualifying children: $47,747-- or $53,505 if married filing jointly

You must also meet other requirements to qualify for the EIC.

If you're married filing separately, you can't claim the EIC.

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