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Forms to file 2011 taxes  Figuring and Claiming the EIC 1. Forms to file 2011 taxes 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. Forms to file 2011 taxes 2. Forms to file 2011 taxes You must have a valid social security number. Forms to file 2011 taxes  3. Forms to file 2011 taxes Your filing status cannot be “Married filing separately. Forms to file 2011 taxes ” 4. Forms to file 2011 taxes You must be a U. Forms to file 2011 taxes S. Forms to file 2011 taxes citizen or resident alien all year. Forms to file 2011 taxes  5. Forms to file 2011 taxes You cannot file Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ (relating to foreign earned income). Forms to file 2011 taxes  6. Forms to file 2011 taxes Your investment income must be $3,300 or less. Forms to file 2011 taxes  7. Forms to file 2011 taxes You must have earned income. Forms to file 2011 taxes 8. Forms to file 2011 taxes Your child must meet the relationship, age, residency, and joint return tests. Forms to file 2011 taxes  9. Forms to file 2011 taxes Your qualifying child cannot be used by more than one person to claim the EIC. Forms to file 2011 taxes  10. Forms to file 2011 taxes You generally cannot be a qualifying child of another person. Forms to file 2011 taxes 11. Forms to file 2011 taxes You must be at least age 25 but under age 65. Forms to file 2011 taxes  12. Forms to file 2011 taxes You cannot be the dependent of another person. Forms to file 2011 taxes  13. Forms to file 2011 taxes You generally cannot be a qualifying child of another person. Forms to file 2011 taxes  14. 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Forms to file 2011 taxes Nontaxable employee pay, such as certain dependent care benefits and adoption benefits, is not earned income. Forms to file 2011 taxes But there is an exception for nontaxable combat pay, which you can choose to include in earned income. Forms to file 2011 taxes Net earnings from self-employment. Forms to file 2011 taxes Gross income received as a statutory employee. Forms to file 2011 taxes Gross income defined. Forms to file 2011 taxes   Gross income means all income you received in the form of money, goods, property, and services that is not exempt from tax, including any income from sources outside the United States or from the sale of your main home (even if you can exclude part or all of it). 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Forms to file 2011 taxes   If you retired on disability, taxable benefits you receive under your employer's disability retirement plan are considered earned income until you reach minimum retirement age. Forms to file 2011 taxes Minimum retirement age generally is the earliest age at which you could have received a pension or annuity if you were not disabled. Forms to file 2011 taxes Beginning on the day after you reach minimum retirement age, payments you receive are taxable as a pension and are not considered earned income. Forms to file 2011 taxes   Payments you received from a disability insurance policy that you paid the premiums for are not earned income. Forms to file 2011 taxes It does not matter whether you have reached minimum retirement age. Forms to file 2011 taxes If this policy is through your employer, the amount may be shown in box 12 of your Form W-2 with code J. Forms to file 2011 taxes Income that is not earned income. Forms to file 2011 taxes   Examples of items that are not earned income under Rule 7 include interest and dividends, pensions and annuities, social security and railroad retirement benefits (including disability benefits — except for payments covered under Disability benefits earlier), alimony and child support, welfare benefits, workers' compensation benefits, unemployment compensation (insurance), nontaxable foster care payments, and veterans' benefits, including VA rehabilitation payments. Forms to file 2011 taxes Do not include any of these items in your earned income. Forms to file 2011 taxes Workfare payments. Forms to file 2011 taxes   Nontaxable workfare payments are not earned income for the EIC. Forms to file 2011 taxes These are cash payments certain people receive from a state or local agency that administers public assistance programs funded under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program in return for certain work activities such as (1) work experience activities (including remodeling or repairing public housing) if sufficient private sector employment is not available, or (2) community service program activities. Forms to file 2011 taxes Qualifying child. Forms to file 2011 taxes   Under Rule 8, your child is a qualifying child if your child meets four tests. Forms to file 2011 taxes The four tests are: Relationship, Age, Residency, and Joint return. Forms to file 2011 taxes   The four tests are illustrated in Figure 5-C. Forms to file 2011 taxes See Publication 596 for more information about each test. Forms to file 2011 taxes Figure 5-C. Forms to file 2011 taxes Tests for Qualifying Child A qualifying child for the EIC is a child who is your. 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Forms to file 2011 taxes Lived with you in the United States for more than half of 2013. Forms to file 2011 taxes  If the child did not live with you for the required time, see Publication 596 for more information. Forms to file 2011 taxes Figuring the EIC To figure the amount of your credit, you have two choices. Forms to file 2011 taxes Have the IRS figure the EIC for you. Forms to file 2011 taxes If you want to do this, see IRS Will Figure the EIC for You in Publication 596. Forms to file 2011 taxes Figure the EIC yourself. Forms to file 2011 taxes If you want to do this, see How To Figure the EIC Yourself in Publication 596. Forms to file 2011 taxes Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications
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