If you worked full- or part-time at some point in 2012, you may be eligible for the federal Earned Income Credit (EIC). Earned Income and adjusted gross income (AGI) must each be less than:
- $13,980 (or $19,190 if married) with no qualifying children in your home, and between the ages of 25 and 64.
- $36,920 (or $42,130 if married) with one qualifying child.
- $41,952 (or $47,162 if married) with two qualifying children.
- $45,060 (or $50,270 if married) with three or more qualifying children.
* Married income level implies joint filing.
Apply for Your EIC
Families with qualifying children in their home in 2012 should file federal tax return Forms 1040, 1040a or 1040EZ, and attach schedule EIC. Workers without qualifying children do not need to file the EIC form.
For more information, or to find out how to get your forms filled out for free, call the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at 800-829-1040.
EIC Advance Payment
If you were raising a child in your home in 2012, you may also be able to boost each paycheck during the year with advance EIC. Get form W-5 from your employer or call 800-829-3676.
If you qualify to claim EIC on your federal income tax return, you also may be eligible for a similar credit on your state or local income tax return.
For more information, you can also visit the Earned Income Tax Credit website.