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Earned Income Tax Credit

Working families earning less than $51,567 could be eligible for up to $8,159 from the EITC alone

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable credit that returns federal, state, and New York City tax dollars to qualifying families and individuals to help cover basic expenses. The refund amount varies depending on your income and marital and parental status. 

Basic Requirements to Qualify for EITC:

  • Your income and marital and parental status fall within the criteria below.
Status Income
...with qualifying children Earning up to $51,567
*...with no qualifying children Earning up to $19,680
...with qualifying children Earning up to $46,227
*...with no qualifying children Earning up to $14,340
**Non-custodial Parents (Married or Single)  Earning up to $36,900 
*You must be at least age 25 but under age 65.
**Parents not living with their children who are up-to-date on their child support payments.   
  • You have a valid Social Security number. Individuals with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) are not eligible to claim the EITC.
  • You have earned income (can be from full-time, part-time, or self-employment work).
  • You file a tax return.
  • You have investment income less than $3,300.


Tax Credit Fast Facts
Get information on the EITC and tax credits for child care as well as helpful tips to prepare for the tax filing season.
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Download NYC Child Care Tax Credit Fast Facts 

Tax Time Brochures
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Facts from the IRS
Want to know if you qualify for the EITC when you file your federal tax return? The Internal Revenue Service has three handy pages with answers to your questions. 
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FAQs from IRS

Noncustodial Parent Earned Income Tax Credit (NCP/EITC)
If you are a noncustodial parent (parent not living with the child), you may be eligible for the NCP/EITC on your 2013 New York State income tax return if you earned less than $36,900 and your child support payments were up-to-date. For more information, visit the New York State Division of Child Support Enforcement Web site 




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