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  • Thunderclap Success
  • Awareness Day 2018 Thank You
  • 2017 Tax Year EITC Assistant Now Available
  • Revised Rules Allow More Taxpayers to Claim the EITC without a Qualifying Child
  • Connect Your Social Network to Increase Awareness of the EITC, the CTC/ACTC and the AOTC
  • Partner Outreach Corner on irs.gov
  • Educational Opportunities
  • Guide for Everything EITC for Individuals Online
  • Choose a Tax Preparer Wisely

Thunderclap Success

Thank all of you who supported Thunderclap this year. We had over 1500 supports with a social reach of more than 2 million.

Awareness Day 2018

Thank all of you who joined us and our many partners to increase refundable credit awareness on January 26, 2018. Watch our EITC Awareness page for success stories. 

2017 EITC Assistant

The 2017 tax year version of the EITC Assistant is now available in both English and Spanish. Plus, both the 2017 and 2016 versions of the Assistant are in a new format making it easier to view and use on your smartphones, notepads and your lap tops. 

Revised Rules Allow More Taxpayers to Claim the EITC without a Qualifying Child

The IRS changed its position on who may claim the earned income tax credit (EITC) without a qualifying child in situations in which an individual meets the definition of a qualifying child for more than one taxpayer. Under the new rules, a taxpayer who may not claim an individual as a qualifying child after applying the tie-breaker rules may now claim the EITC without a qualifying child, if all other requirements are met.

The new rule is explained in proposed regulations issued on January 19, 2017. This change affects all open tax years. You may apply this rule on a return or an amended return for an earlier year that is open under the statute of limitations.

This new rule may apply in households an individual meets the definition of a qualifying child for more than one taxpayer.  For example, this new rule may apply in households if grandparents, children, and grandchildren live together or in households with unmarried parents who both work. For more information and examples, see Applying Tiebreaker Rules to the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Connect Your Social Network to Increase Awareness of the EITC, the CTC/ACTC and the AOTC

Visit our social network page for grab-and-go social media tools including EITC tweets, banner ads, Facebook ads, podcasts and more.

Partner Outreach Corner on irs.gov

The IRS Partner Outreach Corner on irs.gov offers you electronic communication materials to use in reaching out to the people you serve. Get free news you can use each month, targeted by time of year to coincide with what your customers, employees, volunteers, etc. need to know about new tax law legislation, IRS events and other activities that affect them. You can use these items on your websites, in electronic products, publications, etc. as needed. Visit  the  Partner and Volunteer Outreach Corner on irs.gov.

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Educational Opportunities

Find out more about educational opportunities for finding out more about refundable credit eligibility rules, tax law and regulations updates, return preparer’s due diligence requirements and more. Many of the opportunities offer continuing education credits.

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Guide to Everything Earned Income Tax Credit for Individuals Online

Post a link to, or download this electronic guide for finding EITC information on line. Pub 4935,  Guide to Everything Earned Income Tax Credit for Individuals Online helps you find the information you need to determine eligibility for EITC and how to file accurate EITC claims. This publication describes a topic briefly and then provides a link to an on-line resource for more information. We also have an electronic guide for return preparers, find the guide, Pub 4933, Tax Preparers Guide to Everything Earned Income Tax Credit Online here.

Choose a Tax Preparer Wisely

IRS Urges Taxpayers to Choose a Tax Preparer Wisely for the Filing Season Ahead. Find tips for choosing a tax return preparer here or view the IRS videos on YouTube:

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