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Why is earned income credit not calculating in ProConnect Tax Online?

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Why is earned income credit not calculating in ProConnect Tax Online?

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To force the worksheet
Additional Information
Additional Questions
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ProConnect Tax Online automatically determines whether the earned income credit applies based on preparer inputs.  However, you can force the worksheets when earned income credit is not allowed to review the calculation. Forcing the earned income credit worksheets can assist in clarifying the calculation.

To force the worksheet

  1. Select the Input Return tab:
  2. Click on the the Credits section to expand.
  3. Click on EIC, Residential Energy, Other Credits screen.
  4. Expand the Earned Income Credit section.
  5. Scroll down to the bottom of that section.
  6. Check the box Force earned income credit worksheets force the EIC worksheets

Additional Information

You may qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit if you worked last year, but did not earn a lot of money.

Earned income credit is a refundable tax credit meaning you could qualify for a tax refund even if you did not have federal income tax withheld.

To qualify for the credit, you must:

  • Have a valid Social Security Number (if you are filing a joint return, your spouse also must have a valid Social Security Number)
  • Have earned income from employment or from self-employment
  • Have a filing status other than married, filing separately
  • Be a U.S. citizen or resident alien all year, or a nonresident alien married to a U.S. citizen or resident alien and filing a joint return
  • Not have investment income over a certain amount
  • Not be a qualifying child of another person (if you are filing a joint return, your spouse also can not be a qualifying person)
  • Not file Form 2555 or 2555-EZ (related to foreign earned income), and
  • Have a qualifying child OR:
    • be age 25 but under 65 at the end of the year
    • live in the United States for more than half the year, and
    • not qualify as a dependent of another person

If you qualify, the amount of your earned income credit will depend on whether you have children, the number of children you have, and the amount of your wages and income last year.

For more information or to see if you qualify, call 1-800-829-3676 and request Publication 596, Earned Income Credit.

Additional Questions

Do you have earned income?To claim the earned income credit, you must have earned income. For the year you are filing, earned income includes all income from employment, but only if it is includable in gross income. Examples of earned income are wages, salaries, tips, and other taxable employee compensation. Earned income also includes net earnings from self-employment. Earned income does not include amounts such as pensions and annuities, welfare benefits, unemployment compensation, worker's compensation benefits, or social security benefits. For tax years after 2003, members of the military who receive excludable combat zone compensation may elect to include it in earned income.

Do you have investment income?

If you have investment income of more than the limit allowed for the taxable year, you may not claim the EIC. Investment income includes taxable interest, tax exempt interest, dividend income, capital gain net income, certain income from rents or royalties, and certain income from passive activities. It does not include gains from selling business assets. For more information, refer to Chapter 1 Rules for everyone, in Publication 596, Earned Income Credit.

What is your filing status?

To claim the earned income credit, your filing status must be single, head of household, qualifying widow or widower, or married filing jointly. You cannot claim the earned income credit if your filing status is married filing separately.

Do you (and your spouse, if filing jointly) have a social security number?

You (and your spouse, if filing jointly) must each have a valid social security number issued by the Social Security Administration. Any qualifying child listed on Schedule EIC must also have a valid social security number. You cannot claim the earned income credit if you (or your spouse, if filing jointly) have a social security card that says "not valid for employment" and the number was issued so that the cardholder could receive a federally funded benefit, such as Medicaid. If you fail to provide a social security number for yourself (and your spouse, if filing jointly), the earned income credit will not be allowed.

Are you a qualifying child of another person?

If you (or your spouse, if filing jointly) are a qualifying child of another person, you cannot claim the earned income credit.

Do you have foreign earned income?

If you file Form 2555 (PDF), Foreign Earned Income, or Form 2555EZ (PDF), Foreign Earned Income Exclusion, you cannot claim the earned income credit.

Are you a nonresident alien?

If you are a nonresident alien, you can claim the earned income credit only if you are married to a United States citizen or resident, and you file a joint return and are taxed as a resident for the entire taxable year.

If you have a child, is your child a qualifying child?

To claim the earned income credit with a qualifying child, you must have one or more qualifying children. A qualifying child is a child who meets certain relationship, residency, and age requirements. To meet the relationship test, the child must be your:

* Son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, or a descendant of any of them,
* Brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them, or
* Eligible foster child (a child placed with you by an authorized placement agency).

An adopted child (or a child placed with you for adoption by an authorized placement agency) is treated as a biological child.

To meet the residency test, the child must have lived with you in the United States for more than half the tax year. Military personnel stationed outside the United States on extended active duty are considered to live in the United States during that period for earned income credit purposes.

To meet the age test, the child must be under age 19 at the end of the taxable year, or under age 24 at the end of the taxable year and a full-time student during any part of any 5 months during the taxable year, or any age if permanently and totally disabled. Refer to Chapter 2, Rules if you have a qualifying child, in Publication 596 for exceptions to the time your child must have lived with you.

Does your child have a social security number?

Your qualifying child must have a valid social security number issued by the Social Security Administration. If your qualifying child does not have a social security number or if your child's social security card reads "not valid for employment" and the number was issued solely so that the child could receive a federally funded benefit, such as Medicaid, you cannot claim the earned income credit on the basis of that qualifying child. More information on social security numbers for purposes of the earned income credit can be found in Chapter 2, Rules if you have a qualifying child, of Publication 596.

Is your child the qualifying child of another taxpayer?

For tax years 2002 and later, if two or more persons have the same qualifying child, they can choose which one will claim the credit using that child. If more than one actually claims the credit using the same qualifying child, only one will be entitled to claim the credit using that child, as follows:

* The parents, if they file a joint return,
* The parent, if only one of the persons is the child's parent,
* The parent with whom the child lived the longest during the tax year, if two of the persons are parents of the child,
* The parent with the highest adjusted gross income if the child lived with each parent for the same amount of time during the tax year, or
* The person with the highest adjusted gross income, if none of the persons is the child's parent.

What if you do not have a qualifying child?

To claim the earned income credit without a qualifying child, you must meet three additional requirements: age, dependency, and residency. To meet the age test, you (or your spouse, if filing jointly) must be at least age 25, but under age 65 at the end of the taxable year. You meet the dependency test if no one else can claim you (or your spouse, if filing jointly) as a dependent on their return. If someone else can claim you (or your spouse, if filing jointly) as a dependent, but does not, you still cannot claim the earned income credit. To meet the residency test, you (and your spouse, if filing jointly) must live in the United States for more than half the year. Military personnel stationed outside the United States on extended active duty are considered to live in the United States during that period for earned income credit purposes.

Do you meet the Earned Income and Adjusted Gross Income Limit?

To claim the earned income credit, both your earned income and adjusted gross income must be less than the limit for the number of qualifying children, for the year you are claiming the credit. You can find these limits in Publication 596.

How do you figure the earned income credit?

You must use Worksheet A or Worksheet B in the Form 1040 Instructions, Form 1040A Instructions, or Form 1040EZ Instructions to figure this credit, or the IRS can figure the credit for you. If you want the IRS to figure the credit, carefully follow the steps in the instructions for your tax return or refer to Publication 596. This publication is also a valuable source for information on the earned income credit in general. If you file your return electronically, the credit will be figured for you. For more information about filing electronically, see e-file at the bottom of the IRS.gov homepage.

What is advance earned income credit?

If you expect to qualify for the earned income credit in the current year, you may be able to receive part of it in advance during the year. To see if you qualify to receive advance earned income credit, refer to Topic 604.

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