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Child support backpay interest = no EIC


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Not my client but my associates, his client received a letter from the IRS informing them that the state of IL paid them around $9,000 in interest for back child support, his client didn’t even know about it, just thought it was part of the child support.  Now for the bad part, taxpayer income is very low and due to the interest they lost around $6,000 of EIC and need to repay it back.  This is an unusual  case, interest income is interest income but it’s not like the taxpayer was saving the money from their earnings, would other income work?

 

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Interest or other income will cause the loss of some EIC. So it will not make any difference if reclassified. 

I can only imagine how much that person received in child support that year in order to earn 9K in interest. 

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