Earned Income Tax Credit

Did you work at any point during 2022, even if it was part-time, temporary, or gig work? Did you earn less than $59,187 if you are married and file jointly (or $53,057 if you file as an individual or head of household)? Then you may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit.

Do I qualify for the ETIC?

  • You must have earned income in 2022 and your income must be under the limits. The income limits vary depending on how many qualifying children you have. The fewer children, the lower the limits (see the chart, below).
  • You and your spouse (if married filing jointly) must have an SSN.
  • If you don’t have a qualifying child, the income limits are low ($22,610 if married filing jointly) and there are special rules for eligibility (for example, you must be at least 25 but under age 65).
  • You, your spouse, and any child you claim must have an SSN.

How much can I get?

  • The amount of the credit varies with the amount of your earned income and the number of qualifying children (see the below chart). You can use this tool to estimate the amount of your credit: https://www.taxoutreach.org/help/.
  • The ETIC is a fully refundable credit. That means that you can get the money even if you don’t owe any taxes.
  • But you must file a tax return to get the credit.
  • You can also get an EITC on your DC tax return!

EITC Income Limits and Credit Amounts


Number of Children[

Single workers with income less than:

Married workers with income less than:

EITC up to:

0 children




1 child




2 children




3 or more children