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EIC without a Child

Certain taxpayers can claim the EIC without a child. Some taxpayers think that to claim the earned income tax credit, they need to have a qualifying child. This is not the case. Plenty of taxpayers claim the EIC without having a child or qualifying child. Even if a taxpayer has a chid but that child fails the qualifying child tests for the earned income tax credit, the taxpayer and his or her spouse (if married filing jointly) can still qualify for the earned income tax credit under the EIC without a child rules.

If there is not qualifying child (even if there is a child), the taxpayer and his or her spouse if married filing jointly must pass the following EIC without a child tests.

EIC without a child tests for taxpayers

Age test for EIC no child arrow right NO not qualified

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YES

Dependent of another? arrow right YES not qualified

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 NO

 Qualifying child of another arrow right YES not qualified

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 NO

Lived in the US for more than half a year? arrow right NO not qualified

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 YES

EIC without a child

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