Earned Income Credit - Entering in TaxAct

TaxAct® automatically calculates the Earned Income Credit (EIC) 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, go to our Dependents - Entering and Reviewing FAQ.

For detailed AGI limits, investment income limit, and maximum credit amounts, go to our Earned Income Credit (EIC) FAQ.

To enter or review your EIC information in TaxAct:

  1. From within your TaxAct return (Online or Desktop), click Federal (on smaller devices, click in the top left corner of your screen, then click Federal).
  2. Click the Other Credits dropdown, then click Earned income credit.
  3. On the screen titled Do any of the following situations apply to you?, check all boxes that apply.
  4. The next screen will indicate whether or not you qualify for the EIC. Your total earned income credit amount will appear on the screen.

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