Program DescriptionThe Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), sometimes called EIC, is a refundable Federal tax credit for low to moderate-income working individuals and families. EITC helps you keep more of the money you earn. Congress originally approved the tax credit legislation in 1975 in part to offset the burden of social security taxes and to provide an incentive to work. When EITC exceeds the amount of taxes owed, it results in a tax refund to those who claim and qualify for the credit.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for EITC, you must have earned income from employment, self-employment or another source and meet certain rules and income limits.
For more details on the requirements, use the EITC Assistant.