Can i get a child tax refund and EIC back if I only made $1500 last year?

March 24, 2009 by  
Filed under Questions & Answers, Refunds

Lil_girlie21 asked:

A Family friend did my taxes because thats what she said she has done all her life. Well I had thought that i could get EIC AND child tax refund but she told me that because the state pays for my child care i can’t get money back for my daughter. Is she right or can i get a refund for my daughter and i need to have someone esle do my taxes…She said all i’m getting back is $363, does that sound right?

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36 Comments on "Can i get a child tax refund and EIC back if I only made $1500 last year?"

  1. Mark L on Fri, 27th Mar 2009 2:38 am 

    The fact that the state pays for your child care should have nothing to do with the child credit. There is a separate child CARE credit that she may have been referring to, and you probably wouldn’t qualify for that.

    Hope this helps.

  2. Kayla S on Mon, 30th Mar 2009 1:34 pm 

    You better get someone who knows what they are doing to prepare your taxes. It can cost you a lot of money if this person does not know all of the rules. You may qualify for the EIC and the Child Tax credit.

  3. dvbrink on Wed, 1st Apr 2009 1:48 pm 

    You cannot get a credit for something you did not pay for when it comes to the child care. The EIC should come to play if your daughter is your dependent. The Child tax credit is based on the age of the child, must be under 17, a US citizen and is your dependent. If you cannot claim your daughter as your dependent you cannot take these credits. Another thing to keep in mind is that the Child care and the Child tax credit are nonrefundable credits, which means that it is limited to the amount of tax that you owe. So if you owe no tax then there are no credits. The EIC is refundable and so you are able to get more back even if you do not owe any taxes. The best place to get this information is.

  4. Judy on Wed, 1st Apr 2009 3:39 pm 

    If tfhe state pays for your child care, then you can’t take the child care credit.

    You can’t get the child tax credit because with income of only $1500 you won’t owe any tax.

    You would be eligible for EIC though. But the amount you get for EIC depends on your earned income. If the whole $1500 was from a job, and your filing status is NOT a joint return, and you have just the one child, your EIC would be $519. So if anything was withheld for federal income tax you should get that back, plus $519.

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    i only made 1,500 this year i wanna know how much will i get back wit my son. i only been working for 4months.

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