Department of the Treasury–Internal Revenue Service
Documents You Need to Send to Claim the Earned Income Credit
on the Basis of a Qualifying Child or Children for Tax Year 2017
Taxpayer Identification Number
To get Earned Income Credit (EIC), the child must have lived with you, be related to you and be a certain age.
Para recibir el Crédito por Ingreso del Trabajo (EIC, por sus siglas en inglés), el niño tiene que haber convivido con usted, ser su pariente, y tener una edad específica.
Visite IRS.gov/espanol para buscar la versión en español del Formulario 886-H-EIC (SP) (Rev. 10-2017) o llame al 1-800-829-3676.
Visit IRS.gov/eitc to find out more about who qualifies for EIC.
1. Each child that you claim must have lived with you for more than half of 2017* in the United States. The United States includes the 50 states and the
District of Columbia. It doesn't include Puerto Rico or U.S. possessions such as Guam.
*Count time that you or the child is temporarily away from home due to special circumstances as time the child lived with you. Examples include illness, college, business, vacation,
military service or detention in a juvenile facility.
To prove the child lived with you in the United States,
You can send one or more of the following documents
Or, send dated statements on letterhead from:
the document(s) must have:
to prove the child lived with you for more than half of
● the child's school
● your U.S. address, your name, and the child's name.
● the child's childcare provider (not a relative)
● school records (you may need to send one or more school
(If you use a P.O. Box as your mailing address, you must
● the child's health care provider, doctor, nurse or clinic
send a completed Form 1093, P.O. Box Application stamped
● a social service agency
by the Post Office)
● Medical records from doctors, hospital or medical clinic
● a placement agency official
● the dates in 2017 the child lived at the same address as you
(immunization records may not include all the necessary
● your employer
must cover more than half of 2017
● an Indian tribal official
● adoption or child placement documents
● if the document has the child's name and your address but not
● your landlord or property manager
your name, you need to send in another document with your
● court records
● a place of worship
name showing the same address
2. Each child that you claim must be related to you in
Then, send in copies of:
one of the ways listed below. If the child is:
Nothing at this time, go to Section 3.
If your name is not on the child’s birth certificate, send us other records or documents proving you are the parent such as adoption
Your son or daughter (including an adopted child)
records, court decree or paternity test results.
If the child was not born in the United States, we need a copy of the birth certificate or immigration papers in English or a
copy of the legal translation.
One or more birth certificates or other legal documents proving how you are related. For example, If you are claiming your:
● Grandchild, send your child’s and grandchild’s birth certificates
● Great grandchild, send your child’s, your grandchild’s and your great grandchild’s birth certificates
Your grandchild or great grandchild
If the names aren’t on the birth certificates, you need to send another type of document such as a court decree or paternity
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