This page has been updated for 2018 taxes and may not apply to previous years.
Your eligibility for the Earned Income Credit and the amount you can receive is based on your Earned Income, filing status and other factors, including the number of qualifying children you may have.
If your Earned Income is less than the qualifying limit for your filing status, the maximum amount of EIC you can receive for each tax year is available on irs.gov.
- If your Earned Income Credit (EIC) claim was denied or reduced for any reason other than a math or clerical error, you’ll need to file Form 8862.
- If the IRS determined your EIC error was due to intentional disregard of EIC rules, you can’t claim the EIC credit for two tax years.
- If the IRS disallowed the credit because of fraud, you won’t be allowed to claim the EIC credit for 10 years.
If you’re not sure whether you will be able to claim the EIC or need to know how many years you won’t be allowed to claim the credit, you can contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040.