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TaxAct® automatically calculates the earned income credit based on the information in your return. If you have a dependent that is a qualifying child, enter your dependent information (including name, SSN, relationship to you, year of birth, number of months lived with you, and student status if ages 19 through 23) during the Basic Information questions. TaxAct will then use the dependent information in the calculation of the earned income credit. To review your dependent entries, click Basic Info and then click Dependents. You must also enter your income information before the credit can calculate.

To enter or review your earned income credit information in TaxAct:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop), Federal. On smaller devices, click in the upper left-hand corner, then choose Federal.
  2. Click Other Credits on the Federal Quick Q&A Topics menu to expand the section and then click Earned income credit.
  3. Review the qualifications for the EIC and choose any statements that apply to you, then click Continue.
  4. On the screen titled Do any of the  following situations apply to you?, check all boxes that apply. Continue when you are finished reviewing your qualifying child information.
  5. The next screen will indicate whether or not you qualify for the EIC
  6. Your total earned income credit amount will appear on the screen.

Additional Information

For detailed AGI limits, investment income limit, and maximum credit amounts, see Earned Income Credit (EIC).

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