Child support payments and alimony are not included as earned income, nor are they considered investment income, for purposes of eligibility for the earned income tax credit (EITC). Child support payments are also not included in adjusted gross income. However, alimony payments are included in adjusted gross income for divorce or separation agreements prior to 2019 and will affect the amount of EITC you receive.
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- What is the earned income tax credit and how do I know if I qualify?
- Who is eligible for the earned income tax credit when both a child and a grandchild live with the grandparents of the grandchild?
- Do I have to include the child support payments and alimony I receive in income when I compute the earned income tax credit?
- Last tax season, someone claimed my dependents, and I did not send in information to prove I should claim them. Would this affect me getting the earned income credit this year?