Earned Income Credit Due Diligence
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps low- to moderate-income workers, and families get a tax break. If you qualify, you can use the credit to reduce the taxes you owe – and maybe increase your refund.
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You may claim the EITC if your income is low- to moderate. The amount of your credit may change if you have children, dependents, are disabled or meet other criteria.
Military and clergy should review our Special EITC Rules because using this credit may affect other government benefits.
If you claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit your refund will be delayed until approximately March 1.
By law the IRS can’t issue EITC or ACTC refunds before mid-February. This includes your entire refund, not just the part that’s related to the credit you claimed on your tax return.
If you claim the EITC or ACTC, the IRS may need or request more information from you about your return. If they do, the IRS will send you a letter outlining what additional information is needed and details on how to submit the additional requested information.
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