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can you file taxes if you only made $2000 in year and will you file earned income credit?

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I’m talking to my friend on the phone right now while asking this question LoL! A friend of mine only got about $ 2000 unemployment. She doesn’t know if she can file her taxes?…but at $ 2000 will she be able to claim earned income credit and she has a two year old so she will claim him as a dependent. Will she get anything back? even if it was only her unemployment as her income for last year?
OOOPS CORRECTION!!! ***** EARNED WAGES $ 2000****…AND $ 2000 from UNEMPLOYMENT….

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  1. Wayne Z on Oct 09, 2012 Reply

    Unemployment does not qualify for EIC.

    The wages will but her EIC will be rather low. She would get around $ 700 plus any withholds that she may have had taken out.

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  2. Max Hoopla on Oct 09, 2012 Reply

    Yes…

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  3. Quick Answers on Oct 09, 2012 Reply

    So $ 2000 in wages on a W-2 and $ 2000 from unemployment.
    EIC might be $ 800.

    This begs the question, where does she live? who does she live with? If, say, she lives with her mother or the bio-dad, they may the ones claiming the children and the EIC.

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  4. acmeraven on Oct 09, 2012 Reply

    If the whole criteria is met then it would be a go.

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  5. Bobbie on Oct 09, 2012 Reply

    When and IF all of the rules are met for this purpose maybe with the 2000 of W-2 income as the qualified earned income amount around 700 to 800 of EITC amount might be possible during the 2013 tax filing season for the 2012 tax year.
    UI 2000 amount received would NOT be a part of the qualified EARNED income for the EITC amounts at that time.
    Hope that you find the above enclosed information useful. 10/08/2012

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  6. the kid on Oct 09, 2012 Reply

    Unemployment is not earned income, and thus no earned income credit.

    If that is all of her income for the year, she does not have to file. There is likely nothing for her to get back.

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  7. tro on Oct 09, 2012 Reply

    EIC is based on earned income and unemployment is NOT earned income
    if her $ 2000 is all unemployment unless some income tax was withheld she doesn’t need to file at all

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  8. Judy on Oct 09, 2012 Reply

    No, unemployment is not earned income and doesn’t qualify for EIC. EARNED income of $ 2000 PLUS the unemployment, maybe about $ 700 of EIC.

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