Earned income includes all the taxable income and wages you get from working or from certain disability payments. You receive earned income by working for someone who pays you, or for owning or running a business or farm.
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable credit for people who work and do not earn a lot of money. The maximum credit for 2019 returns is $6,557 for workers with three or more children. Eligibility is determined based on earnings, filing status and eligible children. Workers without children may be eligible for a smaller credit. If the taxpayer worked and earned less than $55,952 in 2019, use the EITC Assistant tool on IRS.gov to see if he or she qualifies. For more information, see Publication 596 – Earned Income Tax Credit.