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earned income question?

Asked by: pmitchem 454 views YA Discussion

Okay so I have been a stay at home mom most of this year (only working 3hours on Sat.) needless to say I haven’t made much money at all and currently got separated from my daughters dad. Well he refuses to pay anything to help support his child and with tax time getting closer I was hoping to claim my daughter and hopefully get earned income to keep us above water far a while longer. Anyways enough with my horrible life story, really I just want to know what is the minimum you can make and still get earned income?


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  1. figment_usa on Sep 29, 2012 Reply

    I assume that you are asking about the earned income credit.

    For a single person with one child, you have to earn between $ 1 and $ 36,050. The credit peaks at income between $ 9,100 and $ 16,700. If you earned less than $ 9,100 or more than $ 16,700 you would receive less than the maximum EIC.

    Now for the bad news. If you separated from your spouse after 6/30/2012, you won’t qualify for the EIC unless you have a legal separation or your divorce is finalized before 12/31/2012, or unless you file jointly with your spouse and your joint income is low enough to qualify. (It is unclear whether you are married to your “daughter’s dad.” I am assuming that you are.)

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  2. Bobbie on Sep 29, 2012 Reply

    (only working 3hours on Sat.) needless to say I haven’t made much money at all.
    Amount of SUPPORT that YOU furnished for each taxpayer that would be required for this purpose and time in your life your self and your child and of course your age also and when you MIGHT be a qualifying dependent of another taxpayer you will NOT be allowed to claim any dependent at all for this purpose and time in your life. Good luck to you.
    And of course you are aware of all of the rules that you do have to meet for this purpose and time in your life in order to be able to qualify to claim any one as a dependent on your own 1040 income tax return for the tax year 2012 during the 2013 tax filing season for this purpose RIGHT.
    And also that the child will have to meet for this purpose and time in your life.
    I haven’t made much money at all and currently got separated from my daughters dad.
    And you do have to sign the completed tax return where the below statement is included at bottom of the page of the 1040 tax form for your use at this time in your life.
    Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have examined this return, and to the best of my knowledge and belief, it is true, correct, and accurately lists all amounts and sources of income I received during the tax year.
    Your signature Date Your occupation
    Be sure that you do have very good detailed written records and a copy of the worksheet that you used to determine the amount of support that you and others paid for this purpose available in case the IRS should decide that they would want you to verify some of the information that you entered on your 1040 income tax return and printed a copy for your records and signed the other copy to send to the IRS for processing at that time in your life.
    You must provide more than half of the person’s total support for the year.
    Support provided by the state (welfare, food stamps, housing, etc.). Benefits provided by the state to a needy person generally are considered support provided by the state. However, payments based on the needs of the recipient will not be considered as used entirely for that person’s support if it is shown that part of the payments were not used for that purpose.
    Worksheet 1.Worksheet for Determining Support
    And you will have to do this worksheet for each one that you think that you might be able to claim for the support test .

    Exemptions for Dependents

    http://www.irs.gov/publications/p501/ar02.html#en_US_2011_publink1000220868

    Hope that you find the above enclosed information useful. 09/29/2012

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  3. the kid on Sep 29, 2012 Reply

    You will get some EIC (if you qualify to file single), but since you had so little income, it won’t be very much.

    Any earned income qualifies you for the credit, but what you get is dependent on what you make.

    You need to go to court for the child support.

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  4. Quick Answers on Sep 29, 2012 Reply

    And what were these 3 hours on Saturday? Will you get a W-2? How much have you made so far?

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  5. tro on Sep 29, 2012 Reply

    you say you separated just recently so that means you did not split with him by June 30, which means you are not able to file head of household for 2012(had you done so this is available)
    so if you don’t file married jointly, there is no EIC on married filing separately

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