The following two comprehensive examples (complete with filled-in forms) may be helpful.
- John and Janet Smith, a married couple with one qualifying child and using Form 1040A.
- Kelly Green, age 30, a student, with no qualifying child and using Form 1040EZ.
John and Janet Smith are married and will file a joint return. They have one child, Amy, who is 3 years old. Amy lived with John and Janet for all of 2008. John worked and earned $9,500. Janet worked part of the year and earned $1,500. Their earned income and AGI are $11,000. John and Janet qualify for the earned income credit and fill out the EIC Worksheet and Schedule EIC. The Smiths will attach Schedule EIC to Form 1040A when they send their completed return to the IRS.
They took the following steps to complete Schedule EIC and the EIC Worksheet.taxmap/pub17/p17-191.htm#en_us_publink100035177
The Smiths complete Schedule EIC because they have a qualifying child. They enter "John and Janet Smith" and John's SSN (the SSN that appears first on their Form 1040A) on the line at the top of Schedule EIC. The Smiths then fill out Qualifying Child Information (lines 1 – 6).taxmap/pub17/p17-191.htm#en_us_publink100035178
The Smiths enter Amy's first name and last name in the column "Child 1."taxmap/pub17/p17-191.htm#en_us_publink100035179
They enter Amy's SSN.taxmap/pub17/p17-191.htm#en_us_publink100035180
They enter Amy's year of birth (2005).taxmap/pub17/p17-191.htm#en_us_publink100035181
The Smiths skip lines 4a and 4b because Amy was born after 1989.taxmap/pub17/p17-191.htm#en_us_publink100035182
The Smiths enter "Daughter." This line shows Amy's relationship to John and Janet.taxmap/pub17/p17-191.htm#en_us_publink100035183
The Smiths enter "12." This is how many months Amy lived with them in 2008.taxmap/pub17/p17-191.htm#en_us_publink100035184
Next, the Smiths will complete the EIC Worksheet to figure their earned income credit.taxmap/pub17/p17-191.htm#en_us_publink100035185
The Smiths enter $11,000 (their earned income).taxmap/pub17/p17-191.htm#en_us_publink100035186
The Smiths go to the Earned Income Credit Table in the Form 1040A instructions. The Smiths find their income of $11,000 within the range of $11,000 to $11,050. They follow this line across to the column that describes their filing status and number of children and find $2,917. They enter $2,917 on line 2.taxmap/pub17/p17-191.htm#en_us_publink100035187
The Smiths enter their AGI of $11,000.taxmap/pub17/p17-191.htm#en_us_publink100035188
The Smiths check the "Yes" box because lines 1 and 3 are the same ($11,000). They skip line 5 and enter the amount from line 2 (2,917) on line 6.taxmap/pub17/p17-191.htm#en_us_publink100035189
The Smiths' EIC is $2,917.taxmap/pub17/p17-191.htm#en_us_publink100035190
Kelly Green is age 30 and a full-time student. She lived with her parents in the United States for all of 2008. She had a part-time job and earned $6,240. She earned $20 interest on a savings account. She is not eligible to be claimed as a dependent on her parents' return. Although she lived with her parents, she is not their qualifying child because she does not meet the age test. She does not have any children.
Kelly qualifies for the earned income credit. Kelly will file Form 1040EZ and complete the EIC Worksheet.taxmap/pub17/p17-191.htm#en_us_publink100035191
Kelly figures the amount of her earned income credit on the EIC Worksheet as follows.taxmap/pub17/p17-191.htm#en_us_publink100035192
She enters $6,240 (her earned income).taxmap/pub17/p17-191.htm#en_us_publink100035193
Kelly goes to the Earned Income Credit Table in the forms instruction booklet. She finds her earned income of $6,240 in the range of $6,200 to $6,250. Kelly follows this line across to the column that describes her filing status and finds $438. She enters $438 on line 2.taxmap/pub17/p17-191.htm#en_us_publink100035194
Kelly enters $6,260 (her AGI).taxmap/pub17/p17-191.htm#en_us_publink100035195
Kelly checks the "No" box because lines 1 and 3 are not the same.taxmap/pub17/p17-191.htm#en_us_publink100035196
Kelly checks the "Yes" box because the amount on line 3 ($6,260) is less than $7,000. She leaves line 5 blank and enters the amount from line 2, $438, on line 6.taxmap/pub17/p17-191.htm#en_us_publink100035197
She enters $438 here and on Form 1040EZ, line 8a. Kelly's earned income credit is $438.