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Frequently Asked Tax Questions

Earned Income Tax Credit - Other EITC Issues

  1. If both parents want to claim the earned income credit but were never married, who is entitled to claim the credit?
  2. Can I get the earned income credit?
  3. Can Form 1040EZ be used to claim the earned income credit?

Rev. date: 1/1/2011

If both parents want to claim the earned income credit but were never married, who is entitled to claim the credit?

If the child is a qualifying child of both parents, they may choose which one will claim the credit.

Rev. date: 1/1/2011

Can I get the earned income credit?

You may be able to take this credit if your earned income does not exceed a maximum dollar amount set by law and you meet other requirements.

Rev. date: 1/1/2011

Can Form 1040EZ be used to claim the earned income credit?

You can use Form 1040EZ (PDF) when claiming the earned income credit only if you do not have a qualifying child.
For example: Form 1040EZ. If you file Form 1040EZ, your investment income is the total of the
amount on line 2 and the amount of any tax-exempt interest you wrote to the right of the words “ Form 1040EZ” on line 2. Note; For 2010, your investment income must be $3,100 or less.