Many Americans may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), but do not claim it because they do not know it is available. The EITC is a fully refundable tax credit, which means that eligible filers can use it to get a tax refund even if they owe no tax.
To qualify for the credit, your 2022 income must include earned income, such as employee pay or earnings from self-employment activities like freelance or gig economy work. You also cannot have more than $10,300 in investment income, such as interest or dividends.
In addition, your adjusted gross income (AGI) for 2022 must be below the limit set by the IRS for your filing status and number of qualifying dependents. For married taxpayers who file joint returns, the 2022 AGI limit ranges from $22,610 (no dependents) to $59,187 (three or more qualifying dependents). For those who file under single, head of household or surviving spouse status, the AGI limit ranges from $16,480 (no dependents) to $53,057 (three or more qualifying dependents).
In order to claim the EITC, you must file a 2022 federal tax return, even if you would not ordinarily be required to file based on your income. Our tax professionals at RTW Xxact can help you file your return electronically, and set up direct deposit to get your refund as quickly as possible. Contact us today firstname.lastname@example.org.