A new rule may help you if you experienced job loss or change in income in 2020. To qualify for earned income tax credit, people must have earned income. Generally, earned income includes taxable employee compensation and net earnings from self-employment, as well as certain disability payments.
You can use your 2019 earned income to figure your EITC, if your 2019 earned income was more than your 2020 earned income. The same is true for the additional child tax credit.
For details, see the instructions for Form 1040 PDF.
What is Earned Income?
We Have Been Waiting For This!
The IRS has released IRS Notice 2015-13, which provides transition relief given the late retroactive renewal of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit program in December 2014. Notice 2015-13 waves the 28-day deadline for submitting IRS Form 8850 (the WOTC Pre-screen Notice) for qualifying employees hired in 2014. The extended deadline for submitting the applications for affected employees is now April 30, 2015.
From the Notice:
The Internal Revenue Service (hereinafter the “Service”) announced that it will commence accepting tax returns electronically filed on January 20th of 2015. Hard copy tax returns will also be accepted and processed starting on this date as well.
The Service’s decision follows the passage of the tax extenders package into law on December 19, 2014 which retroactively reinstated over 50 tax incentives that had previously expired on December 31, 2013. “We have reviewed the late tax law changes and determined there was nothing preventing us from continuing our updating and testing of our systems,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in a prepared statement. “Our employees will continue an aggressive schedule of testing and preparation of our systems during the next month to complete the final stages needed for the 2015 tax season.”