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I am on social...

I am on social security with no additional income (14.6K total income). I have a disabled child, and 4 minor grandchildren who I also support. I used Turbo Tax, and it says I don't get the earned income credit for 2017. Why?

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I am married, filing separately.

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Tax Professional: Lev, Tax Advisor replied 4 months ago
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The earned income credit is calculated based on EARNED income.

That is mainly wages and self-employment income.

Social security benefits are NOT considered as earned income and do not qualify for the earned income credit.

If you choose to file jointly with your spouse and if you spouse has earned income - you may qualify for the earned income credit.

Please verify.

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