Qualifying for earned income credit

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Dear Tax Talk:
How much is the amount you can make before you don’t get the earned income credit?


Matt

Dear Matt,
There are several limitations on income for the purpose of qualifying for the earned income credit, or EIC. EIC is a tax rebate to certain low-income workers. To qualify for EIC you’ll have to have worked, and your wages, and/or self-employment income and other income have to be below certain limits.

If you do not have a qualifying child, you must be at least age 25 but under age 65 at the end of 2007.

Your investment income must be less than $2,900. Investment income is principally income from interest, dividends, capital gains and net rents. Royalties and passive activity income are also considered investment income.

Adjusted gross income & earned income must be less than:
$37,783 ($39,783 for married filing jointly) if you have more than one qualifying child.
$33,241 ($35,241 for married filing jointly) if you have one qualifying child.
$12,590 ($14,590 for married filing jointly) if you do not have a qualifying child.

The 2007 earned income credit tables begin on Page 44 of
IRS Publication 596. Even if you are not required to file a tax return because of low income, you need to file a return if you want to claim the EIC.

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