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Handr block free file Publication 596 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What is the EIC? Can I Claim the EIC? Do I Need This Publication? Do I Have To Have A Child To Qualify For The EIC? How Do I Figure the Amount of EIC? How Can I Quickly Locate Specific information? Is There Help Online? What's New for 2013 Reminders Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 596, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. Handr block free file irs. Handr block free file gov/pub596. Handr block free file What is the EIC? The earned income credit (EIC) is a tax credit for certain people who work and have earned income under $51,567. Handr block free file A tax credit usually means more money in your pocket. Handr block free file It reduces the amount of tax you owe. Handr block free file The EIC may also give you a refund. Handr block free file Can I Claim the EIC? To claim the EIC, you must meet certain rules. Handr block free file These rules are summarized in Table 1. Handr block free file Table 1. Handr block free file Earned Income Credit in a Nutshell First, you must meet all the rules in this column. Handr block free file Second, you must meet all the rules in one of these columns, whichever applies. Handr block free file Third, you must meet the rule in this column. Handr block free file Chapter 1. Handr block free file  Rules for Everyone Chapter 2. Handr block free file  Rules If You Have a Qualifying Child Chapter 3. Handr block free file  Rules If You Do Not Have a Qualifying Child Chapter 4. Handr block free file  Figuring and Claiming the EIC 1. Handr block free file Your adjusted gross income (AGI) must be less than:  • $46,227 ($51,567 for married filing jointly) if you have three or more qualifying children,  • $43,038 ($48,378 for married filing jointly) if you have two qualifying children,  • $37,870 ($43,210 for married filing jointly) if you have one qualifying child, or   • $14,340 ($19,680 for married filing jointly) if you do not have a qualifying child. Handr block free file 2. Handr block free file You must have a valid social security number. Handr block free file   3. Handr block free file Your filing status cannot be Married filing separately. Handr block free file   4. Handr block free file You must be a U. Handr block free file S. Handr block free file citizen or resident alien all year. Handr block free file   5. Handr block free file You cannot file Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ (relating to foreign earned income). Handr block free file   6. Handr block free file Your investment income must be $3,300 or less. Handr block free file    7. Handr block free file You must have earned income. Handr block free file 8. Handr block free file Your child must meet the relationship, age, residency, and joint return tests. Handr block free file   9. Handr block free file Your qualifying child cannot be used by more than one person to claim the EIC. Handr block free file   10. Handr block free file You cannot be a qualifying child of another person. Handr block free file 11. Handr block free file You must be at least age 25 but under age 65. Handr block free file    12. Handr block free file You cannot be the dependent of another person. Handr block free file   13. Handr block free file You cannot be a qualifying child of another person. Handr block free file   14. Handr block free file You must have lived in the United States more than half of the year. Handr block free file 15. Handr block free file Your earned income must be less than:  • $46,227 ($51,567 for married filing jointly) if you have three or more qualifying children,  • $43,038 ($48,378 for married filing jointly) if you have two qualifying children,  • $37,870 ($43,210 for married filing jointly) if you have one qualifying child, or  • $14,340 ($19,680 for married filing jointly) if you do not have a qualifying child. Handr block free file Do I Need This Publication? Certain people who file Form 1040 must use Worksheet 1 in this publication, instead of Step 2 in their Form 1040 instructions, when they are checking whether they can take the EIC. Handr block free file You are one of those people if any of the following statements are true for 2013. Handr block free file You are filing Schedule E (Form 1040). Handr block free file You are reporting income from the rental of personal property not used in a trade or business. Handr block free file You are reporting income on Form 1040, line 21, from Form 8814 (relating to election to report child's interest and dividends). Handr block free file You are reporting an amount on Form 1040, line 13, that includes an amount from Form 4797. Handr block free file If none of the statements above apply to you, your tax form instructions have all the information you need to find out if you can claim the EIC and to figure the amount of your EIC. Handr block free file You do not need this publication. Handr block free file But you can read it to find out whether you can take the EIC and to learn more about the EIC. Handr block free file Do I Have To Have A Child To Qualify For The EIC? No, you can qualify for the EIC without a qualifying child if you are at least age 25 but under age 65 and your earned income is less than $14,340 ($19,680 if married filing jointly). Handr block free file See chapter 3. Handr block free file How Do I Figure the Amount of EIC? If you can claim the EIC, you can either have the IRS figure the amount of your credit, or you can figure it yourself. Handr block free file To figure it yourself, you can complete a worksheet in the instructions for the form you file. Handr block free file To find out how to have the IRS figure it for you, see chapter 4. Handr block free file How Can I Quickly Locate Specific information? You can use the index to look up specific information. Handr block free file In most cases, index entries will point you to headings, tables, or a worksheet. Handr block free file Is There Help Online? Yes. Handr block free file You can use the EITC Assistant at www. Handr block free file irs. Handr block free file gov/eitc to find out if you may be eligible for the credit. Handr block free file The EITC Assistant is available in English and Spanish. Handr block free file What's New for 2013 Earned income amount is more. Handr block free file The maximum amount of income you can earn and still get the credit has increased. Handr block free file You may be able to take the credit if: You have three or more qualifying children and you earned less than $46,227 ($51,567 if married filing jointly), You have two qualifying children and you earned less than $43,038 ($48,378 if married filing jointly), You have one qualifying child and you earned less than $37,870 ($43,210 if married filing jointly), or You do not have a qualifying child and you earned less than $14,340 ($19,680 if married filing jointly). Handr block free file Your adjusted gross income also must be less than the amount in the above list that applies to you. Handr block free file For details, see Rules 1 and 15. Handr block free file Investment income amount is more. Handr block free file The maximum amount of investment income you can have and still get the credit has increased to $3,300. Handr block free file See Rule 6—Your Investment Income Must Be $3,300 or Less . Handr block free file Reminders Increased EIC on certain joint returns. Handr block free file . Handr block free file  A married person filing a joint return may get more EIC than someone with the same income but a different filing status. Handr block free file As a result, the EIC table has different columns for married persons filing jointly than for everyone else. Handr block free file When you look up your EIC in the EIC Table, be sure to use the correct column for your filing status and the number of children you have. Handr block free file Earned income credit has no effect on certain welfare benefits. Handr block free file  Any refund you receive because of the EIC cannot be counted as income when determining whether you or anyone else is eligible for benefits or assistance, or how much you or anyone else can receive, under any federal program or under any state or local program financed in whole or in part with federal funds. Handr block free file These programs include the following. Handr block free file Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Handr block free file Medicaid. Handr block free file Supplemental security income (SSI). Handr block free file Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps). Handr block free file Low-income housing. Handr block free file In addition, when determining eligibility, the refund cannot be counted as a resource for at least 12 months after you receive it. Handr block free file Check with your local benefit coordinator to find out if your refund will affect your benefits. Handr block free file Do not overlook your state credit. Handr block free file  If you can claim the EIC on your federal income tax return, you may be able to take a similar credit on your state or local income tax return. Handr block free file For a list of states that offer a state EIC, go to www. Handr block free file irs. Handr block free file gov/eitc. Handr block free file EIC questioned by IRS. Handr block free file  The IRS may ask you to provide documents to prove you are entitled to claim the EIC. Handr block free file We will tell you what documents to send us. Handr block free file These may include: birth certificates, school records, etc. Handr block free file The process of establishing your eligibility will delay your refund. Handr block free file Spanish version of Publication 596. Handr block free file  You can order Publicación 596SP, Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo, from the IRS. Handr block free file It is a Spanish translation of Publication 596. Handr block free file See How To Get Tax Help to find out how to order this and other IRS forms and publications. Handr block free file Photographs of missing children. Handr block free file  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Handr block free file Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Handr block free file You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. Handr block free file Comments and suggestions. Handr block free file  We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. 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