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.
To be eligible for the EITC, your household income must be less than the amount listed below.
||Married Filing Jointly
||Maximum Credit Amount
|Three or more qualiying children and income less than:
|Two qualifying children and income less than:
|One qualifying child and income less than:
|No qualifying child and income less than:
Note: You may earn up to $3,400 in additional investment income and still qualify.
For additional information about the EITC,
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.