The EITC is for low-income workers and their families. Low-income workers without children may also be eligible, depending on how much money was earned that tax year. The amount of EITC received depends on a few factors, like income, number of children in the family, and marital status.

You may be eligible for the federal EITC if:

  • You have earned income within certain limits (see chart below), AND

  • You, your spouse, and any qualifying children each have a social security number (SSN), AND

  • You do not use the “married/RDP filing separate” filing status, AND

  • You lived in the United States for more than half the tax year

  • You were at least 25 but under 65 years old at the end of the tax year.

Review the chart below to see if you may be eligible and how much you may qualify for when filing your taxes. The tax year 2018 Earned income and adjusted gross income (AGI) must each be less than:

IF filing... Qualifying Children Claimed
Zero One Two Three+
Single Head of household $15,270 $40,320 $45,802 $49,194
Married Filing Jointly $20,950 $46,010 $51,492 $54,884
Maximum Federal Credit Amounts $519 $3,461 $5,716 $6,431

To find out if you’re eligible for the EITC and estimate the amount of your federal tax credit, click here.