A Refundable Tax Credit
The Earned Income Credit (EIC) is a refundable tax credit available to eligible taxpayers who do not earn high incomes. The purpose of the EIC is to reduce the tax burden and supplement the wages of working families whose earnings are less than the maximum for their filing status. Taxpayers who qualify for this credit can receive a refund even if they have no filing requirement, owe no tax, and had no income tax withheld.
The EIC is a valuable credit that is adjusted for inflation every year. In 2011, the maximum earned income credit for families with three or more children is $5,751.
The Advance EIC was repealed when The Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act of 2010 was signed into law on August 10, 2010. Advance EIC has not been available to workers since December 31, 2010.