Question

Is the child tax credit and EIC the same thing?

Answer

No.

The child tax credit is a credit for having dependent children younger than age 17. The Earned Income Credit (EIC) is a credit for certain lower-income taxpayers, with or without children.

If you’re eligible, you can claim both credits.

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