Which parent is entitled to claim the credit?

1 reply, 2 voices Last updated by  Refundtalk 4 months ago
  • tara berks
    Moderator
    @t_berks
    #7310

    If both parents who were never married want to claim the earned income credit, which parent is entitled to claim the credit as an eligible individual with a qualifying child?

    If You Found The Information Here Was Useful Please Consider Sharing This Page!

    Refundtalk
    Keymaster
    @admin
    #7311

    If they otherwise meet all of the requirements to claim the earned income tax credit (EITC), unmarried parents with a qualifying child may choose which parent will claim the credit.

    If there are two qualifying children, each parent may claim the credit based on one child.
    One parent may claim the credit based on both children.
    If both parents claim the same qualifying child for the EITC, but don’t file a joint return together, the IRS will apply tie-breaker rules and treat the child as the qualifying child of the parent with whom the child lives for the longer amount of time in the tax year. If the child lives with each parent for the same amount of time, the IRS will treat the child as the qualifying child of the parent who has the higher adjusted gross income (AGI) for the tax year.
    If no parent can claim the child as a qualifying child, the child is treated as the qualifying child of the person who has the highest AGI for the tax year.
    If a parent can claim the child as a qualifying child but neither parent claims the child, the child is treated as the qualifying child of the person who has the highest AGI, but only if that person’s AGI is higher than the AGI of any of the child’s parents who can claim the child as a qualifying child.

    If You Found The Information Here Was Useful Please Consider Sharing This Page!
Viewing 2 posts - 1 through 2 (of 2 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

If You Found The Information Here Was Useful Please Consider Sharing This Page!