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Online tax preparation 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. Online tax preparation irs. Online tax preparation gov/pub596. Online tax preparation 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. Online tax preparation A tax credit usually means more money in your pocket. Online tax preparation It reduces the amount of tax you owe. Online tax preparation The EIC may also give you a refund. Online tax preparation Can I Claim the EIC? To claim the EIC, you must meet certain rules. Online tax preparation These rules are summarized in Table 1. Online tax preparation Table 1. Online tax preparation Earned Income Credit in a Nutshell First, you must meet all the rules in this column. Online tax preparation Second, you must meet all the rules in one of these columns, whichever applies. Online tax preparation Third, you must meet the rule in this column. Online tax preparation Chapter 1. Online tax preparation  Rules for Everyone Chapter 2. Online tax preparation  Rules If You Have a Qualifying Child Chapter 3. Online tax preparation  Rules If You Do Not Have a Qualifying Child Chapter 4. Online tax preparation  Figuring and Claiming the EIC 1. Online tax preparation 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. Online tax preparation 2. Online tax preparation You must have a valid social security number. Online tax preparation   3. Online tax preparation Your filing status cannot be Married filing separately. Online tax preparation   4. Online tax preparation You must be a U. Online tax preparation S. Online tax preparation citizen or resident alien all year. Online tax preparation   5. Online tax preparation You cannot file Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ (relating to foreign earned income). Online tax preparation   6. Online tax preparation Your investment income must be $3,300 or less. Online tax preparation    7. Online tax preparation You must have earned income. Online tax preparation 8. Online tax preparation Your child must meet the relationship, age, residency, and joint return tests. Online tax preparation   9. Online tax preparation Your qualifying child cannot be used by more than one person to claim the EIC. Online tax preparation   10. Online tax preparation You cannot be a qualifying child of another person. Online tax preparation 11. Online tax preparation You must be at least age 25 but under age 65. Online tax preparation    12. Online tax preparation You cannot be the dependent of another person. Online tax preparation   13. Online tax preparation You cannot be a qualifying child of another person. Online tax preparation   14. Online tax preparation You must have lived in the United States more than half of the year. Online tax preparation 15. Online tax preparation 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. Online tax preparation 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. Online tax preparation You are one of those people if any of the following statements are true for 2013. Online tax preparation You are filing Schedule E (Form 1040). Online tax preparation You are reporting income from the rental of personal property not used in a trade or business. Online tax preparation You are reporting income on Form 1040, line 21, from Form 8814 (relating to election to report child's interest and dividends). Online tax preparation You are reporting an amount on Form 1040, line 13, that includes an amount from Form 4797. Online tax preparation 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. Online tax preparation You do not need this publication. Online tax preparation But you can read it to find out whether you can take the EIC and to learn more about the EIC. Online tax preparation 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). Online tax preparation See chapter 3. Online tax preparation How Do I Figure the Amount of EIC? 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Online tax preparation The maximum amount of income you can earn and still get the credit has increased. Online tax preparation 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). Online tax preparation Your adjusted gross income also must be less than the amount in the above list that applies to you. Online tax preparation For details, see Rules 1 and 15. Online tax preparation Investment income amount is more. Online tax preparation The maximum amount of investment income you can have and still get the credit has increased to $3,300. 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Online tax preparation  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. Online tax preparation These programs include the following. Online tax preparation Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Online tax preparation Medicaid. Online tax preparation Supplemental security income (SSI). Online tax preparation Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps). Online tax preparation Low-income housing. Online tax preparation In addition, when determining eligibility, the refund cannot be counted as a resource for at least 12 months after you receive it. Online tax preparation Check with your local benefit coordinator to find out if your refund will affect your benefits. 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