In most cases, the IRS would have notified you in the year you were disallowed. You would have received a notice in the mail. In addition, the refund that you actually received from the IRS would have been significantly smaller than what was reported on the return that you filed. If you are unsure if you have been previously disallowed for EIC, you would need to contact the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 to find out.
Will you qualify for EITC this year?
Find out if you are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) by answering some questions and providing basic income information using the EITC Assistant. Available in English and Spanish, EITC Assistant is now available.
What if I am prohibited from claiming the EITC for a period of years?
If your EITC for any year after 1996 was denied and it was determined that your error was due to reckless or intentional disregard of the EITC rules, then you cannot claim the EITC for the next 2 years. If your error was due to fraud, then you cannot claim the EITC for the next 10 years. The date on which your EITC was denied and the date on which you file your tax return affects the years for which you are prohibited from claiming the EITC
If you are not able to claim the EIC and you want the program to not perform the calculation you must perform the steps listed below to remove the dependent from the EIC calculation:
- Basic Information
- Dependents/Qualifying Children
- Select Edit next to the dependent that needs to not be considered for the EIC calculation
- Check the box next to "You wish NOT to claim this dependent for Earned Income Credit purposes"
- Continue to save
To find out things you may not know about EIC click here.
For additional information about EIC see Publication 596.