Why didn’t I receive Earned Income Credit (EIC)?

You must meet the following requirements to receive Earned Income Tax Credit:

  • You must have a valid Social Security Number.
  • You must have earned income from employment or from self-employment and the amount of income cannot exceed the limits set forth by the IRS.
  • Your filing status cannot be married filing separately.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien all year, or a nonresident alien married to a U.S. citizen or resident alien and filing a joint return.
  • You cannot be a qualifying child of another person.

If you do not have a qualifying child, you must:

  • Be age 25 but under 65 at the end of the year
  • Live in the United States for more than half the year
  • Not qualify as a dependent of another person
  • Cannot file Form 2555 or 2555-EZ (related to foreign earn income)


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