12. Don’t claim the Earned-Income Tax Credit if you don’t qualify
This type of tax credit was created for those who have earned income below a specific limit and who usually have one or more qualifying children. They must meet other requirements, too, but the first ones are crucial.
If you don’t meet the first two requirements, why do you claim the Earned-Income Tax Credit? The taxman said many times that the refunds designed for the EITC would be delayed when people who don’t qualify may try to take advantage of it.
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The IRS will always verify if its requirements are respected, so if you’re not entitled, don’t claim the credit.