EITC Fast Facts

Use one or more of the following EITC facts during the 2014 filing season in your articles, flyers, speeches or presentations to better target the EITC Key Communication Messages to your audience.

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  • EITC can be a boost to you, your family and community. Anyone with earnings under $51,567 should see if they qualify at www.irs.gov/eitc, or visit a volunteer tax assistance site.

  • Four of five eligible workers claim and get their EITC. We want to raise that number to five out of five. You earned it, "now file, claim it and get it." See if you qualify at www.irs.gov/eitc.


  • Don’t guess about EITC eligibility.  Find out if you qualify by using the new and improved online EITC Assistant, only at IRS.gov.


  • Know the rules before claiming EITC. It’s important to get it and get it right.


  • You work? Now put EITC to work for you. EITC is one of the nation's largest anti-poverty programs, annually lifting over 6 million people out of poverty each year; half of those impacted are children.


  • About one-third of the EITC eligible population turns over each year, so check your EITC eligibility today at www.irs.gov/eitc.

  • Millions of workers will qualify for EITC for the first time this year, making awareness critical. Workers move into and out of eligibility based on changes in their marital, parental and financial status.

  • The amount of the credit is based on several factors, including the amount of an individual's earnings from wages, self-employment or farming. Except in the case of some disability retirement income, people who do not work or run a business or farm, do not have earnings and generally do not qualify for the credit.

  • EITC is for workers whose income does not exceed the following limits:


    • $46,227 ($51,567 married filing jointly ) with three or more qualifying children
    • $43,038 ($48,378 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children
    • $37,870 ($43,210 married filing jointly)  with one qualifying child
    • $14,340 ($19,680 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children


Investment income must be $3,300 or less. And, children must meet
   certain relationship, age, residency and joint return requirements to be a qualifying child.

  • Take the credit you're due. The maximum credit is:


    • $6,044 with three or more qualifying children
    • $5,372 with two qualifying children
    • $3,250 with one qualifying child
    • $487 with no qualifying children

  • For more information on if a child qualifies you for EITC, see "Qualifying Child Rules" on irs.gov or Publication 596.


  • Single? No children? EITC still may work for you. Visit www.IRS.gov\eitc to learn more about eligibility and income requirements.


  • Workers who qualify for EITC must file a federal income tax return and specifically claim the credit to get it, even if they do not have a requirement to file a return.

  • Workers at risk for overlooking this important credit include those:


    • Living in non-traditional homes, such as a grandparent raising a grandchild
    • Whose earnings declined or whose marital or parental status changed
    • Without children
    • With limited English skills
    • Living in rural areas
    • Who are Native Americans
    • With earnings below the filing requirement
    • Who have disabilities or are raising children with disabilities

  • Workers who qualify for EITC also may be eligible for a similar credit on their state or local income tax returns. Twenty-three states, plus local municipalities including the District of Columbia, New York City and Montgomery County, Maryland, are offering residents an earned income tax credit for 2013.

  • There are many free options to help workers determine their eligibility and file and claim their EITC:
  • Workers should use only reputable and knowledgeable preparers when paying for tax return preparation. They are ultimately responsible for the accuracy of their returns. Anyone paid to prepare a tax return is required to sign it and enter his or her PTIN, Preparer Tax Identification Number. See www.IRS.gov for details.


  • If you qualify for EITC, see what other child related tax credits you may be eligible to claim.


  • If in doubt about their eligibility, workers should check it out at www.irs.gov/eitc.


  • Those Taxpayers who claim EITC in error could have their refunds denied today and in the future.

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Additional Reference Material

  • EITC Key Messages - Using the same key messages makes our collaborative efforts more powerful.
  • Tips for Writing a Feature Story - you can use one of our "Grab and Go" products listed below, but if you choose to create your own see these handy tips.
  • EITC Statistics by State - find the number of EITC Claims, the total EITC amount paid  and the average amount paid per claim for tax returns filed during 2011.


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