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For purposes of calculating the Earned Income Credit (EIC), unemployment is not included in earned income but is included in Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). If your AGI results in a lower EIC, you must use that amount. The TaxAct® program will automatically do this calculation for you on the Form 1040 Earned Income Credit Worksheet.

For additional information, please refer to IRS Publication 596 Earned Income Credit (EIC) or Worksheet A on page 44 of the IRS Instructions for Form 1040 and 1040-SR.

Note that any link in the information above is updated each year automatically and will take you to the most recent version of the document at the time it is accessed.


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