#Good news! The IRS has extended the tax deadline to April 18th! As long as you submit your federal return by midnight on 4/18/2018, you won't be considered a late filer for your federal return. Direct debit tax payments that are submitted with your federal return (or on the IRS website) by 4/18 are also considered timely filed ×

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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