Earned Income Credit - EIC

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DEFINITION

A tax credit in the United States which benefits certain taxpayers who have low incomes from work in a particular tax year. The earned income credit (EIC) reduces the amount of tax owed on a dollar-for-dollar basis, and may result in a refund to the taxpayer if the amount of the credit is greater than the amount of tax owed.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS

In order to qualify for the EIC, taxpayers must have earned income from work which is less than certain income limits and also meet a series of eligibility requirements. The eligibility requirements include: the taxpayer must have a qualifying child, or if the taxpayer does not have a qualifying child, the taxpayer must be between the ages of 25 and 65, live in the U.S. for more than half of the year and not qualify as a dependent of another person.


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