What filing status meets the requirement to qualify for the Earned Income Credit?

There are three filing statuses that meet the requirement:

  1. Single
  2. Married (filing jointly)
  3. Head of household

However, there are married taxpayers who prefer to file a separate tax return instead of filing jointly.  The IRS says that if the taxpayer is married, he/she must file jointly to claim EIC.  Therefore, the filing status cannot be “Married filing separately.”

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Category: Tax Credits