Learn about the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Four out of five workers claim and get the EITC they earned.

We want to make sure all eligible workers do not miss out on thousands of dollars every year because they fail to claim EITC. Our goal is to reach out to potentially qualifying workers, educate them about the credit, and motivate them to file and claim it and get it. This includes workers who: 

  • Live in rural areas
  • Are self-employed or have income from a  farm or business
  • Are disabled
  • Have no qualifying child
  • Are not proficient in English
  • Are older (grandparents)
  • Have no filing requirement
  • Are recently divorced, have reduced income, are unemployed, or are experiencing other changes to their marital, financial, or parental status


EITC is for workers whose income does not exceed the following limits in 2019:

  • $50,162 ($55,952 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children
  • $46,703 ($52,493 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children
  • $41,094 ($46,884 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child
  • $15,570 ($21,370 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children

** Investment income must be $3,600 or less


Take the credit you’re due! The EITC credit  ranges from:

  • $11 to $6,557 with three or more qualifying children
  • $10 to $5,828 with two qualifying children
  • $9 to $3,526 with one qualifying child
  • $2 to $529 with no qualifying children


Use the EITC Assistant!  Click here.

By answering questions and providing basic income information, you can use our EITC Assistant to:

  • find out if you are eligible for EITC;
  • determine if your child or children meet the tests for a qualifying child; and
  • estimate the amount of your credit.

The IRS has the EITC Assistant in English and Versión en Español. They also have versions for the current tax year and for prior years.