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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: 08/04/2012

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: 08/04/2012

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: 08/21/2012

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 and your investment income is $3,150 or less (for 2011). Your investment income is the total amount of interest from line 2 of Form 1040EZ and any tax-exempt interest.