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Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Welfare Reform Status ReportDo you qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit or Advance Earned Income Tax Credit?

Thousands of Alaskans qualified last year but did not claim it on their tax return.

Earned Income Tax Credit is a tax benefit for people who work but do not earn a high income. The EITC program rewards people who find and keep a job by adding to the wages they earn.

The actual amount of credit you can get from EITC depends on the total earnings you have, other income and certain other considerations.

Who may qualify for the EITC ?

Working people with or without children, single or married, who have earned income from employment or self-employment, may be eligible for EITC.

Earned income and adjusted gross income (AGI) for 2015 must each be less than:

If filing... Qualifying Children Claimed
Zero One Two Three or more
Single, Head of Household or Widowed $14,820 $39,131 $44,454 $47,747
Married Filing Jointly $20,330 $44,651 $49,974 $53,267

Investment Income Limit

Investment income must be $3,400 or less for the year.

Maximum Credit Amounts

The maximum amount of credit for Tax Year 2015 is:

  • $6,242 with three or more qualifying children
  • $5,548 with two qualifying children
  • $3,359 with one qualifying child
  • $503 with no qualifying children

A child must meet certain requirements to qualify for the EITC program.

  • A qualifying child is a child who is the taxpayer’s son, daughter, grandchild, adopted child, stepchild, eligible foster child, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister.


    Under the age of 19, or under 24 and a student at the end of the year 2010, or permanently and totally disabled at any time during the year, regardless of age.


    Live with the taxpayer in the United States for more than half of the year 2010.

Visit the IRS website at or your local DPA office for more information.

Do you need assistance in filing out your tax forms? 

For a listing of the site nearest you, please call 1-800-829-1040.