Are foster parents eligible to get the Earned Income Tax Credit? How long do I have to have foster children to be eligible?

Personal Finance March 01, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF

A foster child must have lived with the tax filer (foster parent) for more than half the year. The child must have been placed in the foster parent's home by a foster care agency, or by judgment, decree, or other order of a court system, to qualify.

Also, the child must be under age 19, or under age 24 if in school full-time, or totally disabled at any age.

For more information about the Earned Income Tax Credit and other tax credits, see Tax Credits for People Who Work.

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