Earned Income Tax Credit Issues Solved
Many times people apply for the earned income credit and then receive letters from the IRS.
The letters ask the m to prove that the children are theirs and/or qualified dependents and that the children live in the house with them and that they provide more then 1/2 the support.
Give us call now: (929) 290-8609 so we can help you and tell you what evidence you need to support your claim.
Earned Income Tax Credit; Do I qualify?
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a financial boost for people working hard to make ends meet. Millions of workers may qualify for the first time this year due to changes in their marital, parental or financial status.
The IRS urges everyone earning $49,078 or less from wages, self-employment or farming in 2011 to see if they qualify come to Advantage Tax Service. To get the credit you need to file a return and specifically claim the EITC, even if you aren’t required to file.
The EITC is a refundable tax credit. This means you may get money back, even if you have no tax withheld. Nationwide last year, almost 26.8 million eligible individuals and families received over $59.5 billion total in EITC.
Many special rules apply to the EITC. So if you plan to claim it, either on a return you prepare or someone else prepares for you, review the rules carefully. Most people who qualify for the EITC also qualify for free tax preparation through the IRS Free File system, or at a local tax help site staffed by trained community volunteers.
Generally, the EITC has no effect on welfare benefits. In most cases, EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), supplemental nutrition assistance program (food stamps), low-income housing or most Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) payments. Though unemployment benefits are not earned income, they are taxable and thus affect the amount of EITC you can receive.
Credit Limits for Tax-Year 2011
The EITC varies based on income and family size. The table showing credit amounts can be found in the Instruction booklets for Forms 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ and in Publication 596, Earned Income Credit. This includes the expanded benefit, available through 2012, for families with three or more children.
For tax year 2011, the maximum credit amounts are:
- $464 with no qualifying children
- $3,094 with one qualifying child
- $5,112 with two qualifying children
- $5,751 with three or more qualifying children
As the list above shows, not everyone qualifies for the maximum credit. Last year, the average credit was $2,200.
Eligibility for EITC
Besides filing a tax return, people must meet various requirements. Some of these requirements apply to everyone. Then there are additional requirements that only apply to families, and another set of requirements that only apply to people without children.
Rules for Everyone:
- You must have earned income, such as wages, tips or the income you make from running a business or farm. Most other types of income, such as retirement pensions, though usually taxable, do not count as earned income.
- You must have a valid Social Security number for yourself, your spouse and your qualifying children.
- You can get the credit, even if you have a small amount of investment income, such as interest from a bank account. However, the amount of your investment income is limited to $3,150.
- Your filing status must be single, head of household, married filing jointly or qualifying widow or widower. If you file as married filing separately, you cannot get the credit.
- Generally, you must be either a U.S. citizen or resident alien.
- You cannot be a qualifying child of another person.
- You cannot file Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ. These forms are used to claim the foreign earned income exclusion, a tax benefit for Americans who live and work abroad.
In addition, your income must be below certain limits. For tax year 2011, both earned income and adjusted gross income (AGI) must each be less than:
- $13,660 ($18,740 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children
- $36,052 ($41,132 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child
- $40,964 ($46,044 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children
- $43,998 ($49,078 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children
Special Rules for Families
If you claim the credit, based on having one or more qualifying children, each child must meet the relationship test, age test and residency test. Each child must meet all three tests.
Relationship test. The child is your:
- Son or daughter, including an adopted child or child placed for adoption,
- Stepchild or grandchild,
- Foster child placed by an authorized placement agency or court,
- Brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, half brother, half sister or a descendant of any of them.
Age test. At the end of 2011, the child was younger than you or your spouse. And:
- Younger than 19,
- Younger than 24 and a full-time student, or
- Any age if permanently and totally disabled
Residency test. The child lived with you in the U.S. for more than half of 2011. In addition, if a qualifying child files a joint return, he or she can only do so to claim a refund.
- A qualifying child cannot be used by more than one person to claim EITC. If a child meets the rules to be a qualifying child of more than one person, only one person can use that child to claim the EITC. Also, if a qualifying child can be claimed by both a parent and another person, the other person can only get the credit if his or her AGI is higher than the parent’s.
Special Rules for People Who Have No Children. Taxpayers without a qualifying child must meet three additional tests:
- Lived in the U.S. for more than half of 2011,
- At the end of 2011, was at least age 25, but under age 65,
- Cannot qualify as the dependent of another person.
Special Rule for Combat Pay. Combat pay received by members of the military serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and other combat zone localities is usually exempt from tax. But under a special rule, you can choose to count all of this income when you figure the EITC. In many cases, making this choice will enable you to claim the credit, or if you are already eligible, claim a larger credit.
Avoid Errors and Seek Accuracy
Even if someone else prepares your tax return, you are still responsible for the accuracy of your return. Because the EITC can be complex, many people claiming it make mistakes. Get help if you are not sure you qualify. Common errors include:
- Claiming a child who is not a qualifying child.
- Filing as single or head of household when you are actually married.
- Reporting incorrect income amounts.
- Missing or incorrect Social Security numbers for you, your spouse or your qualifying children.
If you receive an IRS letter requesting additional information, reply immediately to avoid delaying your refund. If you need help, call the phone number shown in the letter.
The Right Credit Amount for Those Eligible
Some people who claim the EITC either figure it incorrectly or are ineligible. A deliberate error can have lasting impact. Beware of scams promising to increase an EITC refund. Creating fictitious qualifying children or inflating income levels to get the maximum EITC are scams that may result in severe penalties. Among other things, you could be banned from claiming the credit for up to ten years. If an EITC claim was reduced or denied after tax year 1996 for any reason other than a mathematical or clerical error, you must attach Form 8862, Information To Claim Earned Income Credit After Disallowance, to your next return to claim the credit.
Almost two out of three EITC claims are prepared by tax professionals. To help ensure that only those eligible get the credit and that everyone who is eligible gets the right amount, the IRS now requires paid preparers to file Form 8867 with any federal return claiming the EITC. This is the same due diligence checklist that for over a decade preparers have been required to use for determining a client’s eligibility and then retain in their records.
This year, the IRS wants to remind all taxpayers that they should use only preparers who sign the returns they prepare and enter their Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs).
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