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Free hrblock 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. Free hrblock irs. Free hrblock gov/pub596. Free hrblock 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. Free hrblock A tax credit usually means more money in your pocket. Free hrblock It reduces the amount of tax you owe. Free hrblock The EIC may also give you a refund. Free hrblock Can I Claim the EIC? To claim the EIC, you must meet certain rules. Free hrblock These rules are summarized in Table 1. Free hrblock Table 1. Free hrblock Earned Income Credit in a Nutshell First, you must meet all the rules in this column. Free hrblock Second, you must meet all the rules in one of these columns, whichever applies. Free hrblock Third, you must meet the rule in this column. Free hrblock Chapter 1. Free hrblock  Rules for Everyone Chapter 2. Free hrblock  Rules If You Have a Qualifying Child Chapter 3. Free hrblock  Rules If You Do Not Have a Qualifying Child Chapter 4. Free hrblock  Figuring and Claiming the EIC 1. Free hrblock 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. Free hrblock 2. Free hrblock You must have a valid social security number. Free hrblock   3. Free hrblock Your filing status cannot be Married filing separately. Free hrblock   4. Free hrblock You must be a U. Free hrblock S. Free hrblock citizen or resident alien all year. Free hrblock   5. Free hrblock You cannot file Form 2555 or Form 2555-EZ (relating to foreign earned income). Free hrblock   6. Free hrblock Your investment income must be $3,300 or less. Free hrblock    7. Free hrblock You must have earned income. Free hrblock 8. Free hrblock Your child must meet the relationship, age, residency, and joint return tests. Free hrblock   9. Free hrblock Your qualifying child cannot be used by more than one person to claim the EIC. Free hrblock   10. Free hrblock You cannot be a qualifying child of another person. Free hrblock 11. Free hrblock You must be at least age 25 but under age 65. Free hrblock    12. Free hrblock You cannot be the dependent of another person. Free hrblock   13. Free hrblock You cannot be a qualifying child of another person. Free hrblock   14. Free hrblock You must have lived in the United States more than half of the year. Free hrblock 15. Free hrblock 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. Free hrblock 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. Free hrblock You are one of those people if any of the following statements are true for 2013. Free hrblock You are filing Schedule E (Form 1040). Free hrblock You are reporting income from the rental of personal property not used in a trade or business. Free hrblock You are reporting income on Form 1040, line 21, from Form 8814 (relating to election to report child's interest and dividends). Free hrblock You are reporting an amount on Form 1040, line 13, that includes an amount from Form 4797. Free hrblock 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. Free hrblock You do not need this publication. Free hrblock But you can read it to find out whether you can take the EIC and to learn more about the EIC. Free hrblock 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). Free hrblock See chapter 3. Free hrblock 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. Free hrblock To figure it yourself, you can complete a worksheet in the instructions for the form you file. Free hrblock To find out how to have the IRS figure it for you, see chapter 4. Free hrblock How Can I Quickly Locate Specific information? You can use the index to look up specific information. Free hrblock In most cases, index entries will point you to headings, tables, or a worksheet. Free hrblock Is There Help Online? Yes. Free hrblock You can use the EITC Assistant at www. Free hrblock irs. Free hrblock gov/eitc to find out if you may be eligible for the credit. Free hrblock The EITC Assistant is available in English and Spanish. Free hrblock What's New for 2013 Earned income amount is more. Free hrblock The maximum amount of income you can earn and still get the credit has increased. Free hrblock 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). Free hrblock Your adjusted gross income also must be less than the amount in the above list that applies to you. Free hrblock For details, see Rules 1 and 15. Free hrblock Investment income amount is more. Free hrblock The maximum amount of investment income you can have and still get the credit has increased to $3,300. Free hrblock See Rule 6—Your Investment Income Must Be $3,300 or Less . Free hrblock Reminders Increased EIC on certain joint returns. Free hrblock . Free hrblock  A married person filing a joint return may get more EIC than someone with the same income but a different filing status. Free hrblock As a result, the EIC table has different columns for married persons filing jointly than for everyone else. Free hrblock 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. Free hrblock Earned income credit has no effect on certain welfare benefits. Free hrblock  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. Free hrblock These programs include the following. Free hrblock Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Free hrblock Medicaid. Free hrblock Supplemental security income (SSI). Free hrblock Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps). Free hrblock Low-income housing. Free hrblock In addition, when determining eligibility, the refund cannot be counted as a resource for at least 12 months after you receive it. Free hrblock Check with your local benefit coordinator to find out if your refund will affect your benefits. Free hrblock Do not overlook your state credit. Free hrblock  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. Free hrblock For a list of states that offer a state EIC, go to www. Free hrblock irs. Free hrblock gov/eitc. Free hrblock EIC questioned by IRS. Free hrblock  The IRS may ask you to provide documents to prove you are entitled to claim the EIC. Free hrblock We will tell you what documents to send us. Free hrblock These may include: birth certificates, school records, etc. Free hrblock The process of establishing your eligibility will delay your refund. Free hrblock Spanish version of Publication 596. Free hrblock  You can order Publicación 596SP, Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo, from the IRS. Free hrblock It is a Spanish translation of Publication 596. Free hrblock See How To Get Tax Help to find out how to order this and other IRS forms and publications. Free hrblock Photographs of missing children. Free hrblock  The Internal Revenue Service is a proud partner with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Free hrblock Photographs of missing children selected by the Center may appear in this publication on pages that would otherwise be blank. Free hrblock 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. Free hrblock Comments and suggestions. 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Free hrblock Part Five -   Standard Deduction and Itemized Deductions After you have figured your adjusted gross income, you are ready to subtract the deductions used to figure taxable income. Free hrblock You can subtract either the standard deduction or itemized deductions. Free hrblock Itemized deductions are deductions for certain expenses that are listed on Schedule A (Form 1040). Free hrblock The ten chapters in this part discuss the standard deduction, each itemized deduction, and a limit on some of your itemized deductions if your adjusted gross income is more than certain amounts. Free hrblock See chapter 20 for the factors to consider when deciding whether to subtract the standard deduction or itemized deductions. Free hrblock Table of Contents 20. Free hrblock   Standard DeductionWhat's New Introduction Standard Deduction Amount Standard Deduction for Dependents Who Should ItemizeWhen to itemize. Free hrblock Married persons who filed separate returns. Free hrblock 21. Free hrblock   Medical and Dental ExpensesWhat's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: What Are Medical Expenses? What Expenses Can You Include This Year?Community property states. Free hrblock How Much of the Expenses Can You Deduct? Whose Medical Expenses Can You Include?Yourself Spouse Dependent Decedent What Medical Expenses Are Includible?Insurance Premiums Meals and Lodging Transportation Disabled Dependent Care Expenses How Do You Treat Reimbursements?Insurance Reimbursement Damages for Personal Injuries How Do You Figure and Report the Deduction on Your Tax Return?What Tax Form Do You Use? Impairment-Related Work Expenses Health Insurance Costs for Self-Employed Persons 22. Free hrblock   TaxesIntroductionIndian tribal government. Free hrblock Useful Items - You may want to see: Tests To Deduct Any Tax Income TaxesState and Local Income Taxes Foreign Income Taxes General Sales TaxesMotor vehicles. Free hrblock Real Estate TaxesReal estate taxes for prior years. Free hrblock Examples. Free hrblock Form 1099-S. Free hrblock Real Estate-Related Items You Cannot Deduct Personal Property Taxes Taxes and Fees You Cannot Deduct Where To Deduct 23. Free hrblock   Interest ExpenseIntroduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Home Mortgage InterestAmount Deductible Points Mortgage Insurance Premiums Form 1098, Mortgage Interest Statement Investment InterestInvestment Property Allocation of Interest Expense Limit on Deduction Items You Cannot DeductPersonal Interest Allocation of Interest How To ReportMore than one borrower. Free hrblock Mortgage proceeds used for business or investment. Free hrblock 24. Free hrblock   ContributionsIntroduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Organizations That Qualify To Receive Deductible ContributionsTypes of Qualified Organizations Contributions You Can DeductContributions From Which You Benefit Expenses Paid for Student Living With You Out-of-Pocket Expenses in Giving Services Contributions You Cannot DeductContributions to Individuals Contributions to Nonqualified Organizations Contributions From Which You Benefit Value of Time or Services Personal Expenses Appraisal Fees Contributions of PropertyException. Free hrblock Household items. Free hrblock Deduction more than $500. Free hrblock Form 1098-C. Free hrblock Filing deadline approaching and still no Form 1098-C. Free hrblock Exception 1—vehicle used or improved by organization. Free hrblock Exception 2—vehicle given or sold to needy individual. Free hrblock Deduction $500 or less. Free hrblock Right to use property. Free hrblock Tangible personal property. Free hrblock Future interest. 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Free hrblock Theft Loss on Deposits Proof of Loss Figuring a LossDecrease in Fair Market Value Adjusted Basis Insurance and Other Reimbursements Single Casualty on Multiple Properties Deduction Limits$100 Rule 10% Rule When To Report Gains and LossesDisaster Area Loss How To Report Gains and Losses 26. Free hrblock   Car Expenses and Other Employee Business ExpensesWhat's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Travel ExpensesTraveling Away From Home Tax Home Temporary Assignment or Job What Travel Expenses Are Deductible? Travel in the United States Travel Outside the United States Conventions Entertainment Expenses50% Limit What Entertainment Expenses Are Deductible? What Entertainment Expenses Are Not Deductible? Gift Expenses Transportation ExpensesArmed Forces reservists. Free hrblock Parking fees. Free hrblock Advertising display on car. Free hrblock Car pools. Free hrblock Hauling tools or instruments. Free hrblock Union members' trips from a union hall. Free hrblock Car Expenses RecordkeepingHow To Prove Expenses How Long To Keep Records and Receipts How To ReportGifts. Free hrblock Statutory employees. Free hrblock Reimbursements Completing Forms 2106 and 2106-EZ Special Rules 27. Free hrblock   Tax Benefits for Work-Related EducationWhat's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Qualifying Work-Related EducationEducation Required by Employer or by Law Education To Maintain or Improve Skills Education To Meet Minimum Requirements Education That Qualifies You for a New Trade or Business What Expenses Can Be DeductedUnclaimed reimbursement. Free hrblock Transportation Expenses Travel Expenses No Double Benefit Allowed Reimbursements Deducting Business ExpensesSelf-Employed Persons Employees Performing Artists and Fee-Basis Officials Impairment-Related Work Expenses Recordkeeping 28. Free hrblock   Miscellaneous DeductionsWhat's New Introduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Deductions Subject to the 2% LimitUnreimbursed Employee Expenses (Line 21) Tax Preparation Fees (Line 22) Other Expenses (Line 23) Deductions Not Subject to the 2% LimitList of Deductions Nondeductible ExpensesList of Nondeductible Expenses 29. Free hrblock   Limit on Itemized DeductionsIntroduction Useful Items - You may want to see: Are You Subject to the Limit? Which Itemized Deductions Are Limited? Which Itemized Deductions Are Not Limited? How Do You Figure the Limit?Example. Free hrblock Prev  Up  Next   Home   More Online Publications