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The District of Columbia Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

The District of Columbia Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable tax credit designed especially for low- and moderate-income workers. Because the EITC is a refundable credit, a person who qualifies for this credit may receive a refund even if he or she does not owe any taxes for the year.

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Who is eligible for the DC EITC?

If a District taxpayer was allowed the EITC on their federal return, the DC EITC can generally also be claimed on the DC return. The DC EITC credit is claimed by filing an individual income tax return (Form D-40).

You cannot claim the federal EITC or the DC EITC if your filing status is Married or Registered Domestic Partner Filing Separately (other than Filing Separately on the Same Return) or if someone else claimed you as a dependent on their return. Taxpayers who are not DC residents do not qualify for the DC EITC.  (Taxpayers who were residents of DC for only part of the year can receive a partial credit—more information on this is included in the instructions to the form.)

If you have questions about whether you qualify for the EITC, the IRS has guidance available regarding who can claim the federal credit. In addition to offering a credit for those individuals who qualify for the federal EIC, DC also offers the EITC to certain filers that do not qualify for the federal credit. More information on these programs can be found in the "Resources" tab above.

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How will my EITC refund be issued?

Beginning in 2023, District law requires that EITC refunds be paid in monthly installments under certain circumstances. This means that you may receive a part of your refund after you file your return, but the remaining refund may be sent to you separately, in monthly payments.