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My son's girlfriend worked part-mine for tax year 2012 and only earned $7800.00. Taxes were not withheld from her wages.  I know she is below the $9750 threshold and is not required to file a return, but should she and would she qualify for EIC? l


Thanks for your question.

If she meets the age, dependency, investment income, citizenship, and dependent tests she can file for the EIC.

I would list each of these, but there are 16 rules that apply under various scenarios, and it would take quite a while to discuss all of them. IRS Publication 563 discusses eligibility and the rules, along with a couple of flow charts to help decipher it all.

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