Benefit Details
Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
Managing Agency U.S. Department of the Treasury

Program Description

The 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 Requirements

In 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.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

No application is needed to utilize this program. However, you must file your taxes using the guidelines posted on the EITC Home Page.

Program Contact Information

For more information, visit the EITC Questions and Answers website.