Q: I’m a 20 year-old non-minor dependent with a 2 year-old child. I’m filing my taxes and heard that I should apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Can I apply for the EITC as well as my child’s father, or just one of us?
A: Because you are filing your taxes separately from the father of your child, only one of you is allowed to claim your child when filing the Earned Income Tax Credit.
If you cannot agree who will claim the child for the purposes of the EITC, the IRS has establihsed a set of rules to make that determination.
Citation: Internal Revenue Service, https://www.irs.gov/Credits-&-Deductions/Individuals/Earned-Income-Tax-Credit/Qualifying-Child-of-More-Than-One-Person