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Do unemployment benefits count toward Earned Income Tax Credit?

The short answer is no. Unemployment benefits are not considered earned income by the IRS, so they won’t count against you for Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) purposes.

The EITC only considers earned income, which typically includes:

  • Wages, salaries and tips
  • Union strike benefits
  • Long-term disability benefits (if you’re younger than the minimum retirement age)
  • Net earnings from a business

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