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I have a question about earned income tax credit qualifications. How do I know if I qualify for the EIC?

To meet earned income tax credit qualifications and be eligible to claim the Earned Income Credit (EIC), all of these must be true:

  • You must have a valid Social Security number (SSN)
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien for the entire year
  • You must not be filing as married filing separately
  • You must not be filing Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ
  • You must have earned income and adjusted gross income (AGI) -- that isn’t more than the EIC income limit
  • You must not have investment income over $3,400
  • You must not be a qualifying child of another taxpayer

Also, if you're claiming the EIC for a child, the child must meet these tests:

  • Relationship
  • Age
  • Residency
  • Joint return

The child also can’t be claimed by more than one person for the EIC.

If you don't have a child, all of these must be true to meet earned income tax credit qualifications and qualify for the EIC:

  • You must be at least age 25 but under age 65.
  • You can't be either:
    • The dependent of another person
    • The qualifying child of another taxpayer
  • You must have lived in the United States more than half of the year.

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