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10ez Publication 596 - Introductory Material Table of Contents Future Developments What is the EIC? Can I Claim the EIC? Do I Need This Publication? Do I Have To Have A Child To Qualify For The EIC? How Do I Figure the Amount of EIC? How Can I Quickly Locate Specific information? Is There Help Online? What's New for 2013 Reminders Future Developments For the latest information about developments related to Publication 596, such as legislation enacted after it was published, go to www. 10ez irs. 10ez gov/pub596. 10ez What is the EIC? The earned income credit (EIC) is a tax credit for certain people who work and have earned income under $51,567. 10ez A tax credit usually means more money in your pocket. 10ez It reduces the amount of tax you owe. 10ez The EIC may also give you a refund. 10ez Can I Claim the EIC? To claim the EIC, you must meet certain rules. 10ez These rules are summarized in Table 1. 10ez Table 1. 10ez Earned Income Credit in a Nutshell First, you must meet all the rules in this column. 10ez Second, you must meet all the rules in one of these columns, whichever applies. 10ez Third, you must meet the rule in this column. 10ez Chapter 1. 10ez  Rules for Everyone Chapter 2. 10ez  Rules If You Have a Qualifying Child Chapter 3. 10ez  Rules If You Do Not Have a Qualifying Child Chapter 4. 10ez  Figuring and Claiming the EIC 1. 10ez Your adjusted gross income (AGI) must be less than:  • $46,227 ($51,567 for married filing jointly) if you have three or more qualifying children,  • $43,038 ($48,378 for married filing jointly) if you have two qualifying children,  • $37,870 ($43,210 for married filing jointly) if you have one qualifying child, or   • $14,340 ($19,680 for married filing jointly) if you do not have a qualifying child. 10ez 2. 10ez You must have a valid social security number. 10ez   3. 10ez Your filing status cannot be Married filing separately. 10ez   4. 10ez You must be a U. 10ez S. 10ez citizen or resident alien all year. 10ez   5. 10ez You cannot file Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ (relating to foreign earned income). 10ez   6. 10ez Your investment income must be $3,300 or less. 10ez    7. 10ez You must have earned income. 10ez 8. 10ez Your child must meet the relationship, age, residency, and joint return tests. 10ez   9. 10ez Your qualifying child cannot be used by more than one person to claim the EIC. 10ez   10. 10ez You cannot be a qualifying child of another person. 10ez 11. 10ez You must be at least age 25 but under age 65. 10ez    12. 10ez You cannot be the dependent of another person. 10ez   13. 10ez You cannot be a qualifying child of another person. 10ez   14. 10ez You must have lived in the United States more than half of the year. 10ez 15. 10ez Your earned income must be less than:  • $46,227 ($51,567 for married filing jointly) if you have three or more qualifying children,  • $43,038 ($48,378 for married filing jointly) if you have two qualifying children,  • $37,870 ($43,210 for married filing jointly) if you have one qualifying child, or  • $14,340 ($19,680 for married filing jointly) if you do not have a qualifying child. 10ez Do I Need This Publication? Certain people who file Form 1040 must use Worksheet 1 in this publication, instead of Step 2 in their Form 1040 instructions, when they are checking whether they can take the EIC. 10ez You are one of those people if any of the following statements are true for 2013. 10ez You are filing Schedule E (Form 1040). 10ez You are reporting income from the rental of personal property not used in a trade or business. 10ez You are reporting income on Form 1040, line 21, from Form 8814 (relating to election to report child's interest and dividends). 10ez You are reporting an amount on Form 1040, line 13, that includes an amount from Form 4797. 10ez If none of the statements above apply to you, your tax form instructions have all the information you need to find out if you can claim the EIC and to figure the amount of your EIC. 10ez You do not need this publication. 10ez But you can read it to find out whether you can take the EIC and to learn more about the EIC. 10ez Do I Have To Have A Child To Qualify For The EIC? No, you can qualify for the EIC without a qualifying child if you are at least age 25 but under age 65 and your earned income is less than $14,340 ($19,680 if married filing jointly). 10ez See chapter 3. 10ez How Do I Figure the Amount of EIC? If you can claim the EIC, you can either have the IRS figure the amount of your credit, or you can figure it yourself. 10ez To figure it yourself, you can complete a worksheet in the instructions for the form you file. 10ez To find out how to have the IRS figure it for you, see chapter 4. 10ez How Can I Quickly Locate Specific information? You can use the index to look up specific information. 10ez In most cases, index entries will point you to headings, tables, or a worksheet. 10ez Is There Help Online? Yes. 10ez You can use the EITC Assistant at www. 10ez irs. 10ez gov/eitc to find out if you may be eligible for the credit. 10ez The EITC Assistant is available in English and Spanish. 10ez What's New for 2013 Earned income amount is more. 10ez The maximum amount of income you can earn and still get the credit has increased. 10ez You may be able to take the credit if: You have three or more qualifying children and you earned less than $46,227 ($51,567 if married filing jointly), You have two qualifying children and you earned less than $43,038 ($48,378 if married filing jointly), You have one qualifying child and you earned less than $37,870 ($43,210 if married filing jointly), or You do not have a qualifying child and you earned less than $14,340 ($19,680 if married filing jointly). 10ez Your adjusted gross income also must be less than the amount in the above list that applies to you. 10ez For details, see Rules 1 and 15. 10ez Investment income amount is more. 10ez The maximum amount of investment income you can have and still get the credit has increased to $3,300. 10ez See Rule 6—Your Investment Income Must Be $3,300 or Less . 10ez Reminders Increased EIC on certain joint returns. 10ez . 10ez  A married person filing a joint return may get more EIC than someone with the same income but a different filing status. 10ez As a result, the EIC table has different columns for married persons filing jointly than for everyone else. 10ez When you look up your EIC in the EIC Table, be sure to use the correct column for your filing status and the number of children you have. 10ez Earned income credit has no effect on certain welfare benefits. 10ez  Any refund you receive because of the EIC cannot be counted as income when determining whether you or anyone else is eligible for benefits or assistance, or how much you or anyone else can receive, under any federal program or under any state or local program financed in whole or in part with federal funds. 10ez These programs include the following. 10ez Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). 10ez Medicaid. 10ez Supplemental security income (SSI). 10ez Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps). 10ez Low-income housing. 10ez In addition, when determining eligibility, the refund cannot be counted as a resource for at least 12 months after you receive it. 10ez Check with your local benefit coordinator to find out if your refund will affect your benefits. 10ez Do not overlook your state credit. 10ez  If you can claim the EIC on your federal income tax return, you may be able to take a similar credit on your state or local income tax return. 10ez For a list of states that offer a state EIC, go to www. 10ez irs. 10ez gov/eitc. 10ez EIC questioned by IRS. 10ez  The IRS may ask you to provide documents to prove you are entitled to claim the EIC. 10ez We will tell you what documents to send us. 10ez These may include: birth certificates, school records, etc. 10ez The process of establishing your eligibility will delay your refund. 10ez Spanish version of Publication 596. 10ez  You can order Publicación 596SP, Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo, from the IRS. 10ez It is a Spanish translation of Publication 596. 10ez See How To Get Tax Help to find out how to order this and other IRS forms and publications. 10ez Photographs of missing children. 10ez  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 10ez Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. 10ez You can help bring these children home by looking at the photographs and calling 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) if you recognize a child. 10ez Comments and suggestions. 10ez  We welcome your comments about this publication and your suggestions for future editions. 10ez You can write to us at the following address:  Internal Revenue Service Individual Forms and Publications Branch 1111 Constitution Ave. 10ez NW, IR-6526 Washington, DC 20224 We respond to many letters by telephone. 10ez Therefore, it would be helpful if you would include your daytime phone number, including the area code, in your correspondence. 10ez You can send your comments from www. 10ez irs. 10ez gov/formspubs/. 10ez Click on “More Information” and then on “Comment on Tax Forms and Publications. 10ez ” Although we cannot respond individually to each comment received, we do appreciate your feedback and will consider your comments as we revise our tax products. 10ez Ordering forms and publications. 10ez  Visit www. 10ez irs. 10ez gov/formspubs/ to download forms and publications, call 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676), or write to the address below and receive a response within 10 days after your request is received. 10ez  Internal Revenue Service 1201 N. 10ez Mitsubishi Motorway Bloomington, IL 61705-6613 Tax questions. 10ez  If you have a tax question, check the information available on IRS. 10ez 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Understanding Your CP07 Notice

We received your tax return and are holding your refund until we complete a more thorough review of the benefits you claimed under a treaty and/or the deductions claimed on Schedule A.


What you need to do

  • No further action is needed on your part at this time.
  • Please don't file a duplicate return as this will slow down the review process.

You may want to

  • If you've moved or are planning to move since the time of filing, please contact IRS and/or file Form 8822.

Answers to Common Questions

How long will it take for me to get my refund?
Depending upon the results of our review, if we find no issues, we’ll send you your refund within 6-12 weeks, as long as you don't owe other taxes or debts we're required to collect.

What happens if you find problems?
We will send you a notice with additional information and instructions within 6-12 weeks.

Why was my return selected for review?
Cases have been randomly selected that are claiming treaty benefits and/or claimed deductions on Schedule A.

How will I be contacted?
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