If you expect to qualify for the earned income credit in 1997, you
may be able to start getting part of the credit with your pay now,
instead of waiting until you file your 1997 tax return in 1998. This
is called advance earned income credit or AEIC.
To get part of the credit with your pay, you must have at least one
qualifying child, and meet certain other conditions. You cannot get
the AEIC if you do not have a qualifying child, even if you will be
eligible to claim the earned income credit on your 1997 return. To
see if you qualify, refer to the 1997 Form W-5, Earned Income Credit
Advance Payment Certificate.
If you qualify, complete the Form W-5 and give it to your employer.
Your employer should then include part of the credit regularly in
You may have only one Form W-5 in effect with a current employer at
one time. If you and your spouse are both employed, each of you
should file a separate Form W-5.
If your situation changes after you give your employer Form W-5, you
must give your employer a new Form W-5.
For example, you should give your employer a new Form W-5 if you no
longer qualify for the earned income credit or you no longer want to
get advance payments of the credit with your pay.
Remember, if you receive the advance earned income credit with your
pay during 1997, you must file Form 1040A or Form 1040 for 1997, with
Schedule EIC, to report the advance payments you received during the
year and to take advantage of any remaining credit. You cannot use
Form 1040EZ. The total of the advance payments you receive should be
shown on your 1997 Form W-2.
The 1997 Form W-5 expires on December 31, 1997. If you expect to be
able to claim the credit in advance for 1998, you must give a new
1998 Form W-5 to your employer.
For information on who can claim the earned income credit for 1996,
refer to Topic 601. You may wish to refer to Publication 596 and
If you are an employer and want more information about the advance
payment and how it affects you, refer to Topic 754.
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