The Earned Income Tax Credit

The EITC gives working families a federal tax credit of up to $6,269. You apply for the EITC when you file your federal income taxes. This tax season, the new rules will still apply; these rules allow families with three or more qualifying children to earn slightly more income and claim a higher credit amount than families with 2 or fewer children.

Who Can Apply?
To be eligible for the EITC, your household income must be less than the amount listed below.

Filing Status Single Married Filing Jointly Maximum Credit Amount
Three or more qualiying children and income less than: $47,955 $53,505 $6,269
Two qualifying children and income less than: $44,648 $50,198 $5,572
One qualifying child and income less than: $39,296 $44,846 $3,373
No qualifying child and income less than: $14,880 $20,430 $506

Note: You may earn up to $3,400 in additional investment income and still qualify.

For additional information about the EITC, click here.

If you earned less than $14,161 in 2016, you may also be eligible to claim more money with the NEW California Earned Income Tax Credit!
For more information about the new California Earned Income Tax Credit, click here.