Earned Income Credit

The IRS has announced a number of tax-related changes/provisions for the 2018 tax year. These changes are a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was passed towards the end of 2017. The Earned Income Credit is one tax credit that was impacted by this legislation.

The Standard Deduction The standard deduction has changed under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. For individuals, the number goes up to $12,000, $18,000 for heads of household, and $24,000 for married couples.

There will be no personal exemption for the 2018 tax year As a component of this legislation, there will be no personal exemptions for the 2018 tax year. Here are some of the changes that impact individuals and married filers:

For individual filers, they will be required to file a tax return if their gross income is greater than the standard deduction

For married filers, they will be required to file a tax return if their gross income (for a joint return) is greater than the standard deduction

For the 2018 tax year, the Earned Income Credit amount available is $6,431 for filers who have 3 or more children (who qualify).

Although the full impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is yet to be seen, there is no doubt that certain tax credits will be affected.

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