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To Be a Qualifying Relatives What is the EIC for this year?
2019 Tax Year
Earned Income and adjusted gross income (AGI) must each be less than:
$50,162 ($55,952 married filing jointly) with three or more qualifying children
$46,703 ($52,493 married filing jointly) with two qualifying children
$41,094 ($46,884 married filing jointly) with one qualifying child
$15,570 ($21,370 married filing jointly) with no qualifying children
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Tax Year 2019 Maximum Credit:
$6,557 with three or more qualifying children
$5,828 with two qualifying children
$3,526 with one qualifying child
$529 with no qualifying children
Investment income must be $3,600 or less for the year.
For more information on whether a child qualifies you for EITC, see Qualifying Child Rules or Publication 596, Rules If You Have a Qualifying Child.
How Much can I deducted this year?
If your filing status is... Your standard deduction is:
Single or Married filing separately......................................................... $ 12,200
Married filing jointly or Qualifying widow(er) with dependent child.........$ 24,400
Head of household............................................................................. ..$ 18,350
What is the mileage deductions this year?
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2019, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
58 cents per mile for business miles driven
54.5 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
18 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations
Can I claim my brothers and sisters?
You cannot claim a person as a dependent unless that person is your qualifying child or qualifying relative.
Tests To Be a Qualifying Child Tests
The child must be your son, daughter, stepchild, foster child, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, stepbrother, stepsister, or a descendant of any of them.
The child must be (a) under age 19 at the end of the year and younger than you (or your spouse if filing jointly), (b) under age 24 at the end of the year, a student, and younger than you (or your spouse if filing jointly), or (c) any age if permanently and totally disabled.
The child must have lived with you for more than half of the year.2
The child must not have provided more than half of his or her own support for the year.
The child must not be filing a joint return for the year (unless that joint return is filed only to claim a refund of withheld income tax or estimated tax paid).
To Be a Qualifying Relative
The person cannot be your qualifying child or the qualifying child of any other taxpayer.
The person either (a) must be related to you in one of the ways listed under Relatives who do not have to live with you , or (b) must live with you all year as a member of your household (and your relationship must not violate local law).
The person's gross income for the year must be less than $4,200
You must provide more than half of the person's total support for the year.
Why I get less refund than my co-worker?
Amount of refund is based on your Earned Income and family size....