Earned Income Tax Credit

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) provides a tax credit to working people with low to moderate income.  Qualifying individuals receive a cash lump-sum payment (via direct deposit or paper check) after filing their taxes.  The IRS starts sending refunds in mid-February. By law, the IRS is not allowed to send EITC refunds during the first few weeks of tax season.

To claim your credit, you must file a tax return, even if you do not owe any tax or are not otherwise required to file. If you worked full or part time in 2022, you may qualify for the credit.

Who Qualifies?

You must have earned income (from working) in 2022 to qualify. If you have some earned income, you can qualify even if you receive other benefits. The details vary depending on your tax filing status and number of children in your household. The table below shows the income limits and credit amounts for Michigan households.

Qualifying children can include your biological children, adopted children, grandchildren, younger siblings, and nieces and nephews. To qualify, children must live with you at least half of the year and be under age 19, be under 24 and a full time student, or be permanently disabled.

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