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Earned Income Tax Credit can put money in your pocket

You could be eligible to get more money back from the IRS - as much as $5,751. If you earned less than $49,078 from wages, self-employment, or farming last year, you may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit - or EITC.

EITC is a financial boost for working people in a recovering economy. You may be among the millions who will qualify for the first time because your financial, marital or parental status changed in 2011.

Eligibility is based on several factors, including the amount of earned and other types of income, or combined income if married, whether you have qualifying children and how many. Workers without children may also qualify.

Four of five eligible people claim and get their EITC. Use IRS's online EITC Assistant to see if you qualify. If so, you must file and claim the credit to get it.

Free help is available at volunteer income tax assistance sites. Locate a volunteer site by calling New Hampshire's 211 number for local services or call the IRS at 1-800-906-9887.

Watch a video about the EITC on YouTube!

Who is ELIGIBLE for the Earned Income Tax Credit?

  • Individual (one child) earning less than $36,052 or married (one child) filing jointly earning less than $41,132 may receive the EITC maximum credit of $3,094.
  • Individual (two children) earning less than $40,964 or married (two children) filing jointly earning less than $46,044 may receive the EITC maximum credit of $5,112.
  • Individual (three or more children) earning less than $43,998 or married (three or more children) filing jointly earning less than $49,078 may receive the EITC maximum credit of $5,751.
  • Individual (no children) earning less than $13,660 or married (no children) filing jointly earning less than $18,740 may receive the EITC maximum credit of $464.
  • Investment income must be $3,150 or less for the year.

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