Federal Earned Income Tax Credit

You may be eligible for 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 must have been 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 2018 taxes.

If filing… Qualifying Children Claimed
Zero One Two Three or more
Single, Head of Household or Widowed $15,270 $40,320 $45,802 $49,194
Married Filing Jointly $20,950 $46,010 $51,492 $54,884
Maximum Credit Amounts $519   $3,461 $5,716   $6,431

PLEASE NOTE: Beginning in 2017, if you claim the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) on your tax return, the IRS must hold your refund until at least February 15 — even the portion not associated with EITC or ACTC. For more information, visit the IRS website

For more information about the federal Earned Income Tax Credit, click here

Use our EITC Calculator for more exact results by clicking here.


Revised February 1, 2018