What is IRS EITC Assistant?

The IRS has an easy to use EITC assistant that will help taxpayers learn more about qualifying for the EITC tax credit for tax year 2014. Find out if you are eligible for EITC by answering questions and providing basic income information. The EITC Assistant also estimates the amount of your EITC.

 

What is IRS EITC Assistant?

By answering questions and providing basic income information, our current year EITC Assistant will help you:

  • find out your filing status,
  • find out if you are eligible for EITC;
  • determine if your child or children meet the tests for a qualifying child; and
  • estimate the amount of credit.

 

The following links will take you to the EITC assistant:

Current Tax Year 2013 (filed during 2014) English

Current Tax Year 2013 (filed during 2014) Español

 

Important notes for the current year EITC Assistant:

  • You (and your spouse, if you are filing a joint return) and any qualifying children need Social Security numbers that are valid for employment to claim the credit. Read more about valid Social Security numbers here.
  • You need to complete the full Assistant at one time. When you exit the Assistant, all the information you entered is erased.
  • You can not use any income received for work performed while an inmate to claim EITC. This includes amounts for work performed while incarcerated, in a work release program, or while in a halfway house.
  • If IRS audited you and took away the EITC, you may have special filing requirements and limitations. If IRS took away EITC in the audit, you may be required to file the Form 8862, Information to Claim Earned Income Credit After DisallowanceFind the Form 8862 here. Also, if the IRS notified you the disallowance was due to reckless or intentional disregard of the rules, you cannot claim the EITC for two years after the denial. If IRS notified you, the disallowance was due to fraud, you cannot claim EITC for ten years after the fraud determination.

This tool will help taxpayers get the most out of the earned income tax credit.