If you have a qualifying child for the Earned Income Credit (EIC), but do not claim that child as a dependent, you can still claim them for the EIC:
- From within your TaxAct® return (Online or Desktop) click Federal. On smaller devices, click in the upper left-hand corner, then select Federal.
- Click Basic Information in the Federal Quick Q&A Topics menu to expand the category, and then click Dependents and other qualifying persons
- Click +Add a Dependent to create a new dependent entry or click Edit to review a dependent already entered
- In the "Dependent Type" dropdown menu, choose Nondependent qualifying child and enter the number of months that child lived with you
- Click Continue
You can obtain additional information on the Earned Income Credit and who is a qualifying child in the IRS Instructions for Form 1040 or IRS Publication 596.